Astronaut Michael Fincke calls Emsworth his hometown

Last Updated:  November 17, 2020

Welcome to Emsworth Borough, 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. 


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

       Monthly Council Meeting


Emsworth Borough Council meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

2020 Limited Edition Ornament. $5 each; available at the Emsworth Borough Office during business hours: Monday-Friday 9 am - 3 pm.

The Emsworth Borough Planning Commission
will meet on Wednesday, November 25, 2020,
7 p.m., prevailing time, at the Borough Hall,
171 Center Avenue for discussion of a lot consolidation request from Trinity Commercial Development for parcels on Herron Avenue.



Allegheny Avenue between SR 65 and Center Avenue will be closed November 17-19 for road repair work