Cranberry Township History

Founded in 1989, the Cranberry Township Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, preserving, and promoting public awareness of historical sites, landmarks, place names, and traditions. Find out about upcoming events, special programs and more!

This information is taken excerpted from the book Cranberry Township: A History of Our Community, published in 1989 by the Cranberry Historical Society.

How did Cranberry get its name?



Cranberry Township was originally established in 1804 and named for the wild cranberries which at that time grew along the banks of Brush Creek – the Township’s major water source. The berries attracted deer, and the deer attracted native American hunters, although there is no evidence of permanent Indian settlements within the Township’s boundaries. However drought and farming combined to eliminate the Township’s namesake fruit by the 1880s. But the deer are still abundant.
Sample School

Sample School House Tours



Step back in time, to the schooldays of 1874 with a visit to the Sample School. The School is located on the front lawn of the Cranberry Township Municipal Center on Rochester Road. This original one-room school is one of six schools that served Cranberry Township.
inside Sample School

  •  The school house is open to visitors in May, June, July, August and September
    • Wednesdays:  12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Admission is free. A Docent is available to answer questions.
Special group tours or individuals are also available for $1 per head, with a minimum $10 donation.  Tours are scheduled at a mutually convenient time with the Docent.  For more information, contact: info@explorecranberry.org