Astronaut Michael Fincke calls Emsworth his hometown

Last Updated: January 11, 2017

Welcome to Emsworth Borough, we are located just a few miles north of the City of Pittsburgh, just off of Route 65 North.  Emsworth Borough is located on land that was originally purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from the heirs of William Penn. The purchase was ratified by a local tribe of Indians shortly before the French and Indian War. There was no attempt to develop this land until the Revolutionary War. Young men were promised parcels of land in addition to any pay if they would remain in the army and defend their country.

A tract of land, Emsworth, was patented to John Wilkins. The name "Emsworth" is reported to have been the name of an old English Duke. The first settler, John Cheney, took up residence in 1802. In 1805 he sold the property of Emsworth to David and William Courtney. William married the daughter of William Dickson, who had been one of the first settlers in Ben Avon. William built a stone home on the property that is presently the athletic field along Ohio River Boulevard; the Courtneys raised and educated eighteen children. President Zachary Taylor was a guest in the Courtney home

The present Borough of Emsworth was crossed by the old Makintosh trail, which extended from Fort Pitt to what now is the Town of Beaver. Many families seeking to find their fortunes in the West were drawn to Emsworth because of its scenic beauty and location near waterways.

Served by the Avonworth School District, Emsworth is approximately one square mile in size, is still a very peaceful and well maintained borough, and is proud to be the home of young families as well as a number of senior citizens. 

Center Avenue Bridge Closing

The Center Avenue Bridge will be closing effective February 13th. Click the link below for the latest information about the bridge closure. 


       Monthly Council Meeting

The next montly council meeting will be held on August 9th at 6:30 PM at the Emsworth Bourgh Building. 

Highmark Mobile Clinic

Highmark Medicare Advantage Members:

The Mobile Clinic is bringing care to you. 

Location : Marmo Community Park

                    400 Huntington Ave Pgh 15202

Date: Friday, September 8, 2017

Time 8:00AM-5:00PM

Services Provided

(By appointment Only):

Annual Wellness Visits, Body Mass Index Calculations and more.

To Schedule Your Appointment:

Please call 1-888-328-2535 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

TTY users call 711. 

Remember to bring your Highmark ID card.