1814: The Founding of Perryopolis, Pennsylvania

Thanks to Madalyn Linderman for providing these documents.

In 1814 four Fayette County, Pennsylvania, landowners decided to form a town where their four properties met. The four, Thomas Hersey, Thomas E. Burns, Samuel Shreve, and Nathan Hersey, drew up a Charter and a Plan for the Town, which they decreed should be named “Perryopolis,” in honor of Perry’s victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. To see the Charter, click on the image at left; to see the Plan, click on the image at right. Please note that both are fairly large files, and the pages may take a couple of minutes to download to your computer.
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