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About Ferguson Township

Ferguson Township has a natural, pastoral beauty. When asked what they enjoy most about living in Ferguson Township, residents said they appreciate the Township's farmland and open spaces, as well as its safe neighborhoods. They also love the Township's municipal parks, culture and diversity. Here's more about the place nearly 20,000 people call home.

Our History

Ferguson Township was formed in 1801 and was named for Thomas Ferguson, an early settler who operated a mill in the Village of Pine Grove Mills at the base of Tussey Mountain. In the early 19th century, a number of other small settlements were established, including Gatesburg, an iron ore producing center; Pattonville, which later merged with Pine Grove Mills; Rock Springs, settled by David Mitchell in 1812, and Richard Bailey's Baileyville.

Our Home Rule Status

Ferguson Township is known as a home rule municipality. Home rule enables voters to adopt a home rule charter that acts as the city's basic governing document over local issues. The goal of municipal home rule is to help local control and minimize state intervention into municipal affairs. Learn more about our history as a Home Rule Municipality and to view our Home Rule Charter.

Location

Ferguson Township is located in the southwestern corner of Centre County and contains approximately 50 square miles of land area. Despite being home to around 18,000 residents, a majority of the municipality is undeveloped. The Township is bordered on the south and west by Huntingdon County. Most of the Township is located in the valley floor between the Tussey Mountain and Skytop Ridges.

Census

Ferguson Township has approximately 18,000 residents, the majority of which are over age 18 and own their own homes. You can read more about the make-up of our area by viewing 2010 Census Data.

Representatives

Ferguson Township has a Board of Supervisors that helps oversee Township operations.  The Board of Supervisors is comprised of five elected officials: Two are elected at large and three are elected by ward. As the Township's policy-making body, the Board of Supervisors is responsible for setting tax rates, approving an annual budget, and enacting ordinances to carry out policy. The Board of Supervisors represents the Township as members of the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG).

Each board member serves in various capacities on COG committees that address regional issues such as transportation, code enforcement, public services, finance and personnel. The Board of Supervisors appoints the Township Solicitor, Auditor and Township Manager. Learn more about the Board of Supervisors.