The borough of Brookville is the county seat of Jefferson County in Pennsylvania. It is about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Real estate in Brookville includes houses with two, three or four bedrooms. Some Brookville houses are on several acres of land. Other houses were built in the early 20th century.
The first settlers came to the Brookville area in the 1790s. Jefferson County was established in 1804, and Brookville became the county seat in 1830. Brookville's population increased rapidly due to its location on the S&W toll road. Many town residents were farmers. Others worked in the lumber trade. Logging railroads were used to move the lumber from the Brookville area to a river. The logs were then taken down the river to Pittsburgh on rafts. Many homes and commercial buildings in Brookville were built by residents who made fortunes in the lumber industry. The railroad and coal mining came to Brookville during the 1870s. New residents of homes in Brookville can learn more about Brookville's history at brookvillechamber.com/History.aspx.
Brookville families enjoy the playgrounds and picnic areas at Brookville Memorial Park, Longview Park and Dr. Walter Dick Memorial Park. Dr. Walter Dick Memorial Park has areas for swimming and fishing.
The Brookville YMCA offers a variety of activities and classes. Activities include basketball, floor hockey and cheerleading. Art classes, dance classes and swimming classes are available. A family fun night and a play group are held here. More information is available at brookvilleymca.com.
Clear Creek State Park is approximately 15 miles from Brookville. Visitors can go canoeing and fishing in the Clarion River here. The park has a small lake with a swimming beach. There are 25 miles of hiking trails. Cabins are available for campers. Winter activities here include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding.
People who have purchased real estate in Brookville will find plenty to do in the area. History lovers will enjoy strolling through Brookville's historic district. Exhibits at the Jefferson County History Center focus on the area's past. Visitors can see a replica of a Victorian parlor and learn about Brookville's early settlers. The center's website is jchonline.org.
Golfers might be interested in joining the Pinecrest Country Club. The club has an 18-hole course, a pro shop and a restaurant. More information is available at pinecrestcc.com.
Residents of homes in Brookville can attend several annual events in the area. The Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival is held in Brookville in June. This festival has a parade, rides, games and a craft sale. Brookville's Victorian Christmas takes place in December. Highlights of this celebration include sleigh rides, carols and people dressed in Victorian costumes. Brookville residents can learn more about area events at brookvillechamber.com/CommunityEvents.aspx. A Halloween parade is one of the borough's fall events. Brookville's events calendar can be viewed at brookvillechamber.com/Calendar.aspx.