Honoring the Heritage of the Bennett's Valley, Elk County, PA


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2011 Pennsylvania American Legion's Internet of the Year


This American Legion award honors the MZHS for its outstanding website and its ongoing related efforts supporting American Legion members and veterans.

Department of Defense's Seven Seals Award


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Welcome to the Mt. Zion Historical Society Web Site

Pennsylvania American Legion's Internet of the Year (2011)


The Mt. Zion Historical Society is a non profit organization founded in 1997 with the purpose and desire of preserving and recognizing the history of the Bennett's Valley in Elk County Pennsylvania. This Mt. Zion Historical Society Web Site is designed to share historical (and genealogy)information regarding the pioneers and families of Bennett's Valley- specifically Jay and Benezette Townships-, in Elk County Pa. We will keep the resources and information as current as possible, and with your support in sharing your information we will help all of us enjoy the discovery of the history of our area. Come back often to see the changes.

In this effort The Mt. Zion Historical Society and the citizens of the area have developed, and are currently expanding, an historical park at the site of the former Mt. Zion Church - Elk County's oldest Protestant site. Adjoining the park is the Mt. Zion Cemetery where many family members of the early settlers of the Bennett's Valley are interred.

A Very Short History of the Bennett's Valley

Bennett's Valley has a glorious and diversified history. In 1650, this land was Seneca Indian territory. In the 1750’s the land was claimed by both the English and the French. Although this dispute was settled by the French and Indian War, the area continued to be claimed as part of the colonies of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. This land dispute was put on hold during the American Revolution. The United States Congress resolved the conflict in favor of Pennsylvania shortly after the war. This, however, did not end the Seneca hold on the land until the 1784 treaty known as the "Last Purchase". Eventually, westward marching pioneer families came to settle this wild, primitive area.

Bennett's Valley Today

The Bennett's Valley has always been rich in timber and wildlife- like the elk, deer and others. The first state gamelands were established here in 1920. Today, this area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation – hunting, hiking, camping, snowmobiling, fishing, as well as the popular viewing of Pennsylvania’s elk herd (see our elk link below).

Help Preserve Historical Bennett's Valley

The Mt. Zion Historical Society hopes this website will entice you to learn more about its upcoming projects and the history of of Bennett's Valley in general. Membership in the Historical Society is open to all who have an interest in preserving the history of the Bennett's Valley. MZHS Membership We are especially interested in receiving your feedback regarding the Historical Society, its activities, and our website. Please email MZHSwith your comments.

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UPDATED: "The Elk County Bucktails( Previously Rifles)" by Robert Winslow Nay
"Quehanna" by Ralph Harrison
"Fallen Comrades"

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The Mt. Zion Historical Society
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Mt Zion Historical Park

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Winslow Hill
History of Bennett's Valley

with Many Special Articles and Features


Lots Here and More Being Added All the Time

MZHS Special Project

Building Our Own Library to share Bennett's Valley Pictures and Genealogy Information

And we need your help.
Stories, pictures, or questions can be mailed to Rita Ovell, Abby Road, Weedville, Pa. 15868, or emailed to Jim Burke or Bob Nay.

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Honoring our Veterans-
Our Consolidated Veterans' List

Vet Brick Paver Order Form




Department of Defense's Seven Seals Award
The highest award presented by the DoD's ESGR for outstanding support, commitment, and extreme patriotism to the US Military and the seven seals representing the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Air National Guard, and Army National Guard

Weedville Cemetery
Genealogy Info & Cemeteries

We Recommend Visiting PAGenWeb for Elk County's Most Comprehensive Genealogy Website

MZHS is now on Facebook


Church
Mt. Zion Church and Memorial
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Bennett's Valley Today, Our Elk, and Historical Points of Interest
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Mt Zion Historical Society and Other Events and Calender

Please e-mail me to post your Reunions, Meetings etc.

Date Event Comments and Contacts
Monthly as Scheduled Mt Zion Historical Society Monthly Meeting Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month except December;
Contact Jim Burkefor further info.




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