Cranberry Township Historical Society


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May Program - General Membership Meeting: Indians of Cranberry Township and the Surrounding Area

Before you and I arrived here, before Mathew Graham arrived here, Native American Indians roamed this area. There is no evidence of permanent settlements within the township but settlements were not far away. To the east was a settlement in Kittanning, south was Shannopin’s Town (Lawrenceville), west was Logs Town (near Ambridge) and North was Kuskusky Town (New Castle). The Indians that inhabited these villages included Shawnee, Delaware, Iroquois and Seneca. Most villages were home to several different tribes. As these towns were scattered, the Indians had infrastructures analogous to our Routes 19, 228 and 528 to travel from point to point.

The trails that ran through Cranberry Township included the Kuskusky Path and the Venango Path. Nearby paths were the Kittanning trail and the Great Trail. Some of these trails were easier to travel than waterways that were often rocky and too shallow at times in the year to use. While traveling on these trails or leaving their villages, these Indians came to what is now Cranberry Township to hunt and fish along Brush Creek. They hunted for beaver, muskrat, raccoon and wild ducks. In the surrounding hills they hunted for deer, bear and wild turkey. Beside the meat obtained, the Indians used the hides of deer, bear, beaver, fox, muskrat and raccoon for clothing and blankets. They used deer antlers for tools. They also used wild turkey feathers for ornaments. The Indians also gathered wild plants, roots, berries and our namesake wild cranberries. Year after year, the Indians established these hunting camps to gather food to take back to their villages.

To learn more about the Indians in our area, please come to the Historical Society meeting on Sunday May 17th at 2:00 pm in the Senior/Teen Center at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building. Ron Goebel will be our speaker at the meeting. He will talk about Indians who lived in Cranberry twp and nearby areas, primarily along Brush creek, and the watersheds downstream. He will bring with him arrowheads and stone tools that he has found in his explorations in the tri-county area. Ron is an avid historian and specializes in Indians and Indian artifacts. He is a self- taught archaeologist, and has located hundreds of stone tools used by ancient man in Pa. He has authored three books on history.

Ron Goebel and his late wife Cheryl have lived in Cranberry since 1982, and were among the first to respond to Jim Hayes’s (the founder) call for a Cranberry Historical Society, and they were at its first meeting. Ron is again a member of our society. Please come and hear Ron talk about our Indians. See you May 17th. Bring a friend. Light refreshments will be served. In full disclosure; they will come from a grocery store, not wild game from the Brush Creek area.

 

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