Sheshequin Township

Geography, Topography, and History

The Township of Sheshequin’s geographical position within the County is just northeast of its central region. It is bound in the north by Litchfield Township, Athens Township and Borough, to the east by Rome Township, to the southeast by Wysox Township, to the south by North Towanda, and to the west by Ulster Township. The Susquehanna River serves as the border between Ulster and Sheshequin Townships as the River runs north to south along the Townships western boundary. In addition to the Susquehanna River, there are several creeks that flow through the Township of Sheshequin, the creeks include: Laning Creek, Snyder Creek, Spaulding Creek, Bullard Creek, Quarry Glen, and Horn Brook. The major roadways that run through the Township includes: Sheshequin Road, Ghent Hill, Sportsman Road, and James Street.

Sheshequin Township was officially formed in 1820, and taken from Ulster Township. The name comes from a Native American word “Tschetsche-quannink” which translates to mean “the place of rattle”. In 1783, a party of settlers was led by General Simon Spalding to make the first settlement in Sheshequin. In 1787, Obediah Gore built the first framed house. In 1830, a piece of the Township was given to Wysox Township.

Local Government and Current Data

The governing council for the Township of Sheshequin consists of three elected supervisors. The Township also has a secretary. The Township currently has a planning commission that consists of nine members. In 2007, the Township adopted its comprehensive plan. The Township has opted out of enforcing zoning regulations and a zoning board, granting all responsibility to the Bradford County Office of Planning and Grants.

A major attraction located within the Township is the Larnard Hornbrook County Park. The Park is located alongside the Susquehanna River making it a great location for a boat launch for fishing or leisure. There are also volleyball nets, horseshoe pits, camping sites, playgrounds, pavilions and picnic sites available for the public to use. The township is also home to the Hornbrook Methodist Parsonage, and the First Universalist Church.

Tax Millage for 2017:

7.360

Villages:

Black
Ghent
Hornbrook
North Ghent
Quarry Glen
Sheshequin

School District:

Athens Area School District

FEMA Community Panel Number:

421102 0010 B

Population Demographics:

Total Population....1,340
Population Density....36.8
Square Miles....35.3
Population under 18....27.2%
Population over 65....12.5%
High School Graduates....86.6%
Higher Education Graduates....16.5%

Household Statistics:

Housing Units....563
Households....500
Median Housing Values....$72,700
Median Rent....$444
Per Capita Income....$16,017
Median Family Income....$42,500
Population Below Poverty Level....11.6%

Emergency Services:

Fire Coverage: Ulster Sheshequin Fire Company
Ambulance Coverage: Tri Township Ambulance
Police Protection: Pennsylvania State Police

Public Utilities:

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

Contacts:
Supervisors:

Kurt D. Lafy (570) 637-5103
John Smith (570) 358-3838
Leslie Wanck (570) 265-6402


Secretary/Treasurer:

Lori Kepner


Mailing address:

1774 North Middle Road
Ulster, PA 18850
(570) 358-3222
Mail@SheshequinTwp.org
www.sheshequintwp.org

Solicitor:

Scott Pellinger (570) 882-8818

Meeting:

3rd Monday of the Month @ 6:30 p.m.