We are located just a few miles north of the City of Pittsburgh, just off of Route 65 North. Emsworth Borough is located on land that was originally purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from the heirs of William Penn. The purchase was ratified by a local tribe of Indians shortly before the French and Indian War. There was no attempt to develop this land until the Revolutionary War. Young men were promised parcels of land in addition to any pay if they would remain in the army and defend their country.
A tract of land, Emsworth, was patented to John Wilkins. The name "Emsworth" is reported to have been the name of an old English Duke. The first settler, John Cheney, took up residence in 1802. In 1805 he sold the property of Emsworth to David and William Courtney. William married the daughter of William Dickson, who had been one of the first settlers in Ben Avon. William built a stone home on the property that is presently the athletic field along Ohio River Boulevard; the Courtneys raised and educated eighteen children. President Zachary Taylor was a guest in the Courtney home
The present Borough of Emsworth was crossed by the old Makintosh trail, which extended from Fort Pitt to what now is the Town of Beaver. Many families seeking to find their fortunes in the West were drawn to Emsworth because of its scenic beauty and location near waterways.
Served by the Avonworth School District, Emsworth is approximately one square mile in size, is still a very peaceful and well maintained borough, and is proud to be the home of young families as well as a number of senior citizens.
Monthly Council Meeting
Emsworth Borough Council meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are being held by Zoom details will be posted monthly.
Astronaut Michael Fincke calls Emsworth his hometown
The Allegheny County League of Municipalities (ALOM) has named the Borough of Emsworth as a 2020 Banner Community. The Banner Community Program was started in 2013 by the Allegheny League of Municipalities in partnership with Allegheny County and has since grown to include 55 municipalities in 2020. The program was designed to recognize communities that demonstrate a dedication to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accounting and proactive communications. ALOM is a non-profit, non-partisan membership association whose mission is to foster local government in Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania by educating elected officials, delivering essential resources and advicating for sound policy and legislation. To learn more visit www.alleghenyleague.org.
COURTNEY STREET RESIDENTS
The West View Water Authority, working in conjunction with scheduled Emsworth Borough road
As with any construction project there will be certain inconveniences. There will be at least (2) planned interruptions of your water service as we connect the new water main to our existing facilities and when we transfer your existing service line to the new water main. These interruptions may last up to (8) hours, and we will notify you in advance of an planned service interruptions. Authority personnel and the Authority contractor will try to keep these inconveniences to a minimum, and we ask for your cooperation.
Throughout the duration of the project the road will be maintained in passable condition.
Duquesne Light Company will be managing vegetation in Emsworth in 2021 to continue to deliver safe, reliable electricity to our customers.
Tree issues are one of the top causes of power outages in our region. Pruning and removal of trees that have the potential to impact our facilities, power lines, and equipment are critical to delivering power to your community without interruption.
Customers in Emsworth were notified via door hanger or in person throughout 2020, and trees have been identified with paint. Trees that will be pruned have been marked with yellow paint and trees that will be removed have been marked with blue paint. As the start of our work in your community approaches, a member of our Vegetation Management team will reach out to you for further notification.
Please visit our website at https://duquesnelight.com/customer-support/trees-power-lines for more information about our Vegetation Management Program.
Attention all Avonworth School District Seniors, click below for the Dare to Dream Application.