Ulster Township

Geography, Topography, and History

The Township of Ulster is located just north of the center of the County. It is bound on the north by Athens, on the east by Sheshequin Township, on the south by North Towanda and Burlington, and on the west by Smithfield and Burlington. The Susquehanna River serves as the boundary for the Township along its eastern border into Sheshequin Township. The Township has several streams and their tributaries that flow through it, which include: Apple Creek, Cash Creek, and Hemlock Run. Route 220 travels through the Township traveling north and south. A few other State Roads to travel through the Township include: Noble Road, Saco Road, and Brosman Road.

Ulster Township was formed in 1797 from Tioga County; it is one of the earliest Townships in the County. It was established prior to the formation of the County in 1810. The Township was formerly known as Old Sheshequin. In 1785, Captain Benjamin Clark was the first permanent settler of Ulster. A decade earlier the Township was established under Susquehanna Company. Lorin Kingsbury taught the first school. The Township served as the first trading post in the County. In 1801, the Township’s land was divided into Rush and Mt. Zion Townships, neither of which exists today. The Township experienced several land divisions between the years 1804-1820 to create the following townships: Wysox, Smithfield, and Sheshequin.

Local Government and Current Data

The Township of Ulster consists of three elected supervisors on the governing board. The Township employs a secretary as well. There are five members on the planning commission for the Township. In 2004, Ulster adopted its comprehensive plan. The Township has opted out of organizing a zoning hearing board to enforce any regulations. Currently, the County handles all of the subdivisions and land developments that occur within the Township.

There are several amenities and services offered in the Township of Ulster. The religious institutions of Ulster include: Church on the Hill, Ulster United Methodist Church and Parsonage, and the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church as well as the Catholic Church. The Mather Memorial Library is located along State Route 220 in the Village. Totem Park and the Sheshequin Ulster Elementary Park are two areas designated for recreational use for the public. A few local agricultural points of interest in the Township include the ECB Farm Market, the Harris Farm Market and Bakery, and Lee’s Berry Farm. Jones RV Park is also located in Ulster Township.

Tax Millage for 2017:




School District:

Athens Area School District

FEMA Community Panel Number:

421218 0010 B

Population Demographics:

Total Population....1,308
Population Density....70.6
Square Miles....19
Population under 18....27.3%
Population over 65....13.6%
High School Graduates....85.3%
Higher Education Graduates....17.4%

Household Statistics:

Housing Units....573
Median Housing Values....$75,500
Median Rent....$433
Per Capita Income....$16,411
Median Family Income....$41,522
Population Below Poverty Level....8.1%

Emergency Services:

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

Public Utilities:

Electric Company: Penelec
Gas Company: N/A
Water Company: Ulster Municipal Authority
Sewerage Facilities: N/A
Telephone Company: Frontier Communications
North Penn


Richard Farr
Boyd Rowe
J. Jeffrey Lenox


Jennifer Chilson (570) 358-3637

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 185
Ulster, PA 18850


John Thompson, Esq.


2nd Monday of the Month at 6:00 PM
Ulster Township Building, 24071 Route 220, Ulster, PA