Images of America: Cranberry Township
It is hard to imagine a version of Cranberry Township that was comprised of lush forests, gently rolling hills, and cascading waves of open fields. For the settlers who arrived here in the late 1700s, it was an Eden of abundant opportunity - tranquility that proved irresistible.
They purchased hundreds of acres, built self-sustaining farms, and planted their roots. These pioneers had names like Graham, Garvin, Duncan, Meeder, Rowan, and Goehring, and many of their descendants still remain.
While it's name pays homage to the marshy bogs that produced succulent cranberries, its heritage is rooted in humble beginnings that remained largely untouched for centuries. Only with the dawn of an expanding highway system beginning in the 1950s did Cranberry Township begin its rapid transformation from farm community to suburban hot spot.
About Kate Benz (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Author)
Kate Benz has been a professional writer for 15 years, with regular bylines appearing in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Magazine, Table Magazine, Pitt Med Magazine and PittsburghQuarterly.com.
Her grandfather, Dr. Samuel M. Rice, maintained a private practice in Cranberry Township for 50 years and her mother, Veronica Rice Guerriero, was a founding member of the Cranberry Township Historical Society.
Kate was raised in Cranberry Township when it was still considered a sleepy farming community. A hopeless romantic when it comes to history, she wrote this book as a love letter to the idyllic hometown she remembers.