Bradford County


Bradford County, with an urban population of less than 3 percent, has been called "a little agricultural empire." The county ranks third in the state of Pennsylvania in milk production.

The largest of the four counties of the Endless Mountains, Bradford County is rich in history. Founded in 1810, it was originally called Ontario, but the name was changed to Bradford in honor of U.S. Attorney General William Bradford, a member of George Washington's cabinet.

In 1616, Etinne Brule was the first white man to enter the county. He was on a mission from the Lake Champlain country to deal with the Andaste Indians and traveled the length of the Susquehanna River from South Waverly to the Chesapeake Bay. Later, other explorers, trappers and dedicated missionaries followed.

Bradford County was the home of Queen Esther, of mixed French and Indian ancestry, who inflicted terror and death upon settlers in the Wyoming Massacre. It was this infamous massacre that brought General John Sullivan and his army into the area. After his invasion, referred to as "Sullivan's March" many Indians left the region forever -- but the names they gave their villages and streams remain.

Among some of the notable personalities of Bradford County was Stephen Foster who lived in both Towanda and Athens when he wrote some of his immortal songs. Towanda was also the home of David Wilmot, author of the Wilmot Proviso, limiting slavery in land purchased from Mexico by the United States.

Text Provided by the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau

Historical Societies in Bradford County

Bradford County Historical Society
109 Pine Street
Towanda, PA 18848
Sayre Historical Society
PO Box 311
Sayre, PA 18840

Bradford County Genealogy

In addition to the Historical Sites below, there are many Museums in Bradford County and within driving distance.

More about Pensylvania State History

Historic Sites in Bradford County

Name Location National Register Listing
Academy Building Towanda
Bradford County Courthouse Towanda *
Braford County Museum Towanda
Bradford County Jail Towanda
Christ Episopal Church Towanda
David Wilmot House Towanda
French Azilum Asylum Township
George A. Perkin House Athens
Gingerbread House Towanda
James W. Chadwick House Camptown
Jeremiah Taylor House Granville Township
Keystone Theatre Towanda
Knapp's Covered Bridge Luther Mills *
Masonic Hall Association Towanda
Minnequa Springs Canton
Merryall House Wyalusing Township
Oak Hill Cemetery Towanda
Old Methodist/Episcopal Church West Burlington *
Philip P. Bliss House Rome *
Pinnock Funeral Home Pike Township
Riverside Cemetery Towanda
Universalists Meeting House Sheshequin Township
Thomas L. Brown Home Wyalusing
Towanda Historic District Towanda *
Van Dyne Civic Building Troy *
Wells Cabin (Log Cabin) Terry Township
Wilber House Sayre
William Mean House Towanda
Wysox Presbyterian Church Wysox

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