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.



The Allegheny County Department of Public Works announced that Camp Horne Road in Emsworth Borough will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 15.  The closure is necessary to rebuild a retaining wall approximately 1/4 mile north of the intersection of Camp Horne Road and Ohio River Boulevard (Route 65)  Traffic will be detoured using Mount Nebo Road, I-79 and Ohio River Boulevard.  The project is scheduled to be complete by the middle of November. 

Astronaut Michael Fincke calls Emsworth his hometown

Last Updated: August 23, 2016



August 25th - September 1st

The Borough of Emsworth will be conducting smoke tests of sanitary sewer lines in the area along Ohio River Blvd.  The testing will take 1-2 days within the above referenced date range, weather permitting.  The test will assist the Borough in locating infiltration and exfiltration in the underground sewer system.  During the test you might see smoke coming from vent stacks, manholes, inlets and holes in the ground.  The smoke has no color, and is non-toxic, non-staining, does not create a fire hazard and will dissipate in a few minutes