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Perry County itself is part of two beautiful
valleys, the Susquehanna and Juniata. It also contains many beautiful
valleys within its own boundaries.
Back Hollow | Big
Buffalo | Brush | Buck's | Buckwheat
| Buffalo | Fishing Creek | Fishing
Rod | Green's | Henry's |
Horse | Hunter's | Juniata |
Kennedy's | Liberty | Limestone |
Little Buffalo |
Little Illinois | Mahanoy | McSwine's |
Perry | Pfoutz | Pleasant |
Raccoon | Sandy Hollow |
Sheaffer's | Sherman's | Susquehanna |
Tuscarora | Wildcat
Located in Toboyne Twp., referred to as "the valley without a name."
Big Buffalo Valley: A local name, referring to
the territory between Hominy Ridge and Middle Ridge.
Buck's Valley: Originally known as "Brush
Valley"; located between Berry Mountain and Half Fall Mountain, Buffalo
Twp., extending thru Howe to Newport on the Juniata River. The eastern end
joins the Susquehanna River.
Buckwheat Valley: Located between Raccoon
Ridge and Hominy Ridge; extending west from the Juniata to Eschol.
Buffalo Valley: In the early provincial
papers, this is the name given to the territory drained by Buffalo Creek, which
rises in Liberty Valley, Madison Twp., and flows into the Juniata, above
Fishing Creek Valley: Comprises most of
Rye Twp. and lies between the Blue Mountain and Cove Mountain.
Fishing Rod Valley: Per an old map, this
valley is located in Liverpool Twp., south of the wooded ridge, separating it
from Susquehanna Twp. in Juniata County.
Green's Valley: Located in Tyrone Twp., in a
small cove formed by a fold of the Blue Mountain.
Henry's Valley: Located in Toboyne and
Jackson Twps., between Boyer's Mountain and the Kittatinny (Blue)
Mountain. It is over 10 miles long and merges into Sheaffer's Valley. It's
named after an early settler, John Henry, who moved to Ohio.
of Henry's Valley: Click on the link to learn the history.
of Henry's Valley: Click on the link to view some photo's of the
area and some people who lived here.
of the HENRY Family: Click on the link to view the HENRY Family
Horse Valley: Lies between
the Tuscarora and Conococheague Mountains, within the boundaries of Toboyne and
Jackson Townships. The valley received it's name because of the farmers of
Path Valley, Franklin Co., of which it is an extension, used it as a pasture for
their horses, before it was settled. It was also known, at one time, as McSwine's
Hunter's Valley: Is a cove formed by the
Buffalo and Berry Mountain joining at the west, lying between the two, and
totally within Buffalo Twp. It received it's name because of the many
persons whose surname was 'Hunter' who resided here; James Hunter being the
Juniata Valley: The valley is drained by the
Juniata River, extending from the Allegheny Mountains to Duncannon, where the
Juniata flows into the Susquehanna River.
Kennedy's Valley: Located in Tyrone Twp.,
in the cove formed by the folds of the Kittatinny (Blue) Mountain, the broad
part lying close to Landisburg. Named after the early Kennedy settlers.
Liberty Valley: Lies east of the watershed which
runs from the Conococheague to the Tuscarora Mountain, and between these
mountains in Madison Twp.
Limestone Valley: Located between Limestone Ridge
and Mahanoy Ridge, starting east of New Bloomfield and running west until it
merges into Sherman's Valley near Green Park.
Little Buffalo Valley: Located between
Middle Ridge and Buffalo Ridge, aka Furnace Hills.
Little Illinois Valley: A small valley
located in Toboyne Twp. On the north it's bounded by Rising Mountain and
Buck Ridge. On the south is Amberson Ridge and Schultz Ridge. It's
about 7 miles long and a mile wide. The western end of the valley is aka-
Mahanoy Valley: Located in Miller Twp.,
between Mahanoy Ridge and Dick's Hill.
Perry Valley: aka- Wildcat Valley. Located in
Greenwood and Liverpool Twps., between Wildcat Ridge and Buffalo Mountain.
Pfoutz Valley: Extends from the Juniata River
to the Susquehanna River; lying between Wildcat Ridge and Turkey Hills (Juniata
Co. line). One of the first areas settled after the Land Office opened.
Pleasant Valley: Located south of Mannsville,
between Furnace Hills and Limestone Ridge.
Raccoon Valley: Lying between the Tuscarora
Mountain and Raccoon Ridge in Tuscarora Twp.; aka- Tuscarora Valley.
Sandy Hollow: Located in Carroll Twp., a
continuation of Sherman's Valley.
Sheaffer's Valley: Located in Madison and
Tyrone Twps., between Bower's Mountain and the Kittatinny (Blue) Moutain.
It's a continuation of Henry's Valley. Named after the many Sheaffer
families who resided in this valley.
Sherman's Valley: Extends from west of New
Gemantown to Duncannon. By 1750, both the creek and valley where referred
to as 'Sherman's'. Unable to substantiate how the valley and creek
received there names.
Susquehanna Valley: Long, broad drainage
area of the Susquehanna River, extending from within New York State, through
Pennsylvania to Maryland. The greater part of Perry County being drained
into the Susquehanna via Sherman's Creek.
The above information was obtained
from the book:
History of Perry County,
Pennsylvania; H. H. Hain; Harrisburg; 1922; Hain-Moore Company, Publishers
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