Pennsylvania was home to the first all-volunteer firefighting company in America, which was established in Philadelphia in 1736.
Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, located in the northeastern part of the state, is rich in history that dates back to before the region was settled by Europeans. The area was originally home to the Susquehannock Native American tribe, who lived off the bountiful rivers and forests surrounding the Susquehanna River.

European settlers began to arrive in the region in the mid-18th century, primarily from Connecticut and Massachusetts. They were attracted by the plentiful timber resources and fertile farmland. The original towns and boroughs were founded during this period, including Montrose, the county seat, which was established in 1812.

In the mid-19th century, Susquehanna County experienced an economic boom thanks to the discovery of significant coal and natural gas reserves. The coal industry flourished, leading to the construction of numerous mines and railroads. The growth of these industries brought an influx of immigrants and increased population to the county.

During the 20th century, Susquehanna County's economy shifted away from coal mining and focused more on agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Today, the county remains largely rural and relies on industries such as natural gas extraction, dairy farming, and tourism to sustain its economy.

Throughout its history, Susquehanna County has preserved its natural beauty and small-town charm. It continues to attract visitors with its picturesque landscapes, outdoor recreational opportunities, and historical sites, reminding both residents and visitors of the rich heritage that has shaped the county over the centuries.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

  • 1769 - Susquehanna County is first settled by Europeans, primarily from Connecticut and Rhode Island.
  • 1790 - Susquehanna County is officially established as a county in Pennsylvania.
  • 1801 - The first courthouse in Susquehanna County is built in Montrose.
  • 1812 - The first newspaper in Susquehanna County, the Susquehanna and Tioga Herald, is published in Montrose.
  • 1827 - The first bank in Susquehanna County, the Bank of Montrose, is established.
  • 1852 - The Erie Railroad reaches Susquehanna County, facilitating trade and transportation in the region.
  • 1855 - The discovery of coal deposits in Susquehanna County leads to a boom in the coal mining industry.
  • 1881 - The Montrose Normal School, now known as the State University of New York at Oneonta, opens its doors in Montrose.
  • 1931 - The Glenwood Car Company, a major manufacturer of railway cars, moves to Susquehanna County.
  • 1947 - The first Susquehanna County Fair is held in Montrose.
  • 1972 - The Susquehanna County Historical Society is established to preserve and promote the county's history.
  • 1999 - The Salt Springs State Park is designated as a national natural landmark.
  • 2010 - Susquehanna County celebrates its 220th anniversary.