The Warrior Run: A Piece of Pennsylvania History

The Warrior Run region falls across three counties in Pennsylvania, with the area corresponding to that of the Warrior Run School District.

Warrior Run crosses Montour, Union and Northumberland Counties and the entire region covers about 113 square miles. Warrior Run combines the old Watsontown and Turbotville-Lewis School Districts and includes five different townships and several boroughs. In Montour County, Warrior Run comprises the Limestone and Anthony Townships, the latter being named for Anthony Montour, the son of the Indian Affairs diplomat Madame Montour from whom the county takes its name. Of the three, Montour County is the only one that contains a sizeable body of water, being the 165 acre Lake Chillisquaque, which is famous for its outdoor excursions and nature trails and which forms part of PPL's Montour Preserve.

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In Union County, Warrior Run includes only Gregg Township, a rural area of farmlands and forests which, according to the 2000 census, has a population of only 4,687. Gregg Township is named after Andrew Gregg, the US House Representative, and was founded in 1865. Previously, the area was a part of Lycoming County's Brady Township.

The Northumberland County Townships considered part of Warrior Run are Lewis and Delaware, which include the boroughs of McEwansville, Turbotville and Watsontown. The 26.4 square miles that is Lewis Township is where the borough of Turbotville is situated and Turbotville is proud host to the Warrior Run Fort Freeland Heritage Society. Although the fort itself was destroyed during 1779, the land is today graced by the Hower-Slote House and the Warrior Run Church. The church was completed in 1835 and, given its fired-brick walls and Greek Doric columns, is both a state and national historic site.

The Heritage Society also organizes events to celebrate the history and culture of the area's settlers, who were active from the late 1700s. The Annual Strawberry Festival is held every second Sunday in June and aims at preserving Civil War culture and supporting local historical research. It is, however, during the Heritage Days that are held over the first full weekend in October that the Society really comes into its own. Heritage Days celebrate 18th and 19th century colonial society through food fairs, craft demonstrations, civil war re-enactments, musical performances and lectures. Everything from apple butter to wool culture can be found there but, more than anything else, Heritage Days capture and preserve the spirit of Warrior Run.

Copyright Jonny Sylvo 2007