Rome Township

Geography, Topography, and History

The Township of Rome is located just northeast of the County’s central region. It is bound to the east by Orwell Township, to the south by Wysox Township, to the west by Sheshequin Township, to the northwest by Litchfield Township, and to the northeast by Windham Township. There are several creeks that flow through the Township some of them include: Dry Run, Johnson Creek, Wysox Creek, and Hollow Run. The Township can be accessed by Route 187 traveling east and south, Route 467 along the south and southeast, and by Rome Road traveling west and south.

The Township of Rome was organized in 1830, and created from Sheshequin Township, Orwell Township, and Wysox Township. The Susquehanna Company laid out the Township’s boundaries. The Township was originally named Watertown, and its present name comes from the “Eternal City”, Rome, Italy because they are in the same latitude. Peasly Moody was the Township’s first permanent settler in 1795. In 1803, Frederick Eiklor taught the first school in a log cabin. One year later, Godfrey Vought built the first framed house. According to census records, in 1887, the population of the Township was 1,045.

Local Government and Current Data

The Township of Rome has three elected supervisors that make up the board. The Township also has a secretary. The Township has opted out of organizing a planning commission, a comprehensive plan, zoning ordinances, or a zoning board. The Office of Planning and Grants handles all subdivisions and land developments for the Township.

The Township of Rome has several amenities and services for the residents in the Township. The Township is home to the North Rome Wesleyan Church. The Pine Cradle Lake Campgrounds are located in the Township with numerous activities for all ages. The campgrounds have a swimming pool, a lake, three different playgrounds, a game room, a miniature golf course, volleyball and basketball court, and paddleboats and other sporting equipment for rent. A successful event held at the Campgrounds is the annual Bluegrass by the Lake Festival featuring several bluegrass bands during a weekend in August.

Tax Millage for 2017:

5.500

Villages:

Bumpville
North Rome
Towner

School District:

Northeast Bradford Area School District

FEMA Community Panel Number:

421404

Population Demographics:

Total Population....1,223
Population Density....40.8
Square Miles....29.9
Population under 18....28.4%
Population over 65....11.2%
High School Graduates....78.1%
Higher Education Graduates...11.5%

Household Statistics:

Housing Units....529
Households....483
Median Housing Values....$72,200
Median Rent....$396
Per Capita Income....$15,425
Median Family Income....$38,026
Population Below Poverty Level....8.8%

Emergency Services:

Fire Coverage: Vigilante Engine Company
Ambulance Coverage: Windham Ambulance
Wysox Ambulance
H.O.P.S. Ambulance
Police Protection: Pennsylvania State Police
Part time Rome Borough Police Officer

Public Utilities:

Electric Company: Penelec
Claverack
Gas Company: N/A
Water Company: N/A
Sewerage Facilities: N/A
Telephone Company: Frontier Communications

Contacts:
Supervisors:

Tod Horton
John George
Ed Wall


Secretary/Treasurer:

Priscilla Keeney


Mailing address:

28083 Route 187
Wysox, PA 18854
(570) 247-7373 fax (570) 247-7370
Office hours: Tues.-Fri. 8 a.m.- noon
Wed. & Thurs.11 a.m - 3 p.m.
rometwp@cableracer.com

Solicitor:

Jonathan Foster

Meeting:

1st Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 p.m.
Rome Township Building
28083 Route 187
Wysox, PA 18854