Zelienople Historical Society

The Zelienople Historical Society was incorporated in 1975 to preserve and share the history of Zelienople, PA. Membership in the Zelienople Historical Society is open to anyone interested in helping the Society reach its goals of preserving and sharing the history of the Zelienople.  

In 1978, the Society purchased and restored the Passavant House at 243 S. Main St., creating a museum featuring artifacts and memorabilia of the Passavant family and of the town's historic past. The Passavant House was built in 1808 by Philippe and Zélie Passavant.  Zélie was the daughter of Dettmar Basse, the town founder.  The Passavant House includes the Society offices and the Lester Mohr Research Library, with a large collection of primary resource materials as well as genealogical records of many early immigrant families. These materials are available to researchers seeking their own family records and those involved in scholarly pursuits.  

In 1991, the Buhl House was purchased by a Zelienople Historical Society member and one year later deeded to the Society for use as a second museum site. The Buhl House, 221 S Main St. in Zelienople, is Zelienople’s oldest remaining structure. It was built by Christian and Fredericka Buhl circa 1805.  Their descendants held leadership positions in business, law, politics, and philanthropy. The Buhl House is a museum for the town of Zelienople as well as Buhl familymemorabilia.  

We offer educational tours of our museums to the public. Tours can be scheduled by calling our office.

ZHS is sponsoring "Wine Down Friday" on Sept 7th at the Passavant House from 6 to 8 pm. Wine, cheese, and entertainment will be provided to support ZHS.

We have facilities for rent, including a new gazebo and kitchen at the Passavant House, and a remodeled conference room that seats 20 people at the Buhl House.  They can be used formeetings, social gatherings, photography, luncheons, parties, etc.

The Zelienople Historical Society office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. until noon. Our phone number is 724-452-9457.

Your donations and membership are an investment in the future of the Zelienople Historical Society. They help us to maintain our two historic houses, which are a source of community pride and national historical significance. Thank you for your generosity.  We are a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Zelienople - A Modern Place with Old Fashioned Grace.


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Monthly Member Meeting

Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 9am

147 South Main Street, Zelienople, PA 16063