Geography, Topography, and History
Wyalusing Township is located in the southeastern region of the County; it is bound in the north by Herrick Township, to the northeast by Stevens Township, to the east by Tuscarora Township, to the south by Wilmot Township, to the southwest by Terry Township and to the northwest by both Asylum and Standing Stone Townships. The Susquehanna River serves as the Township’s southeastern border between Terry, Asylum and Wilmot Townships. There are also several streams that flow through the Township which include: Brewer Creek, Billings Creek, and Wyalusing Creek. The Township’s main thoroughfares include: US Route 6, which travels from the northwest corner to the south, State Route 409 traveling from Route 6 westward, and State Route 706 which meets Route 409 in the east and travels southeast to meet Route 6 near the end of the Township.
The Township of Wyalusing was formed in 1790, taken from Stoke Township, making it one of the earliest settled Townships in the County. It was formed two decades prior to the formation of Bradford County. The Township received its name from Native American words; "Wigalusing" meaning, "the good hunting ground" and "M’chwihilusing" meaning "the place of the hoary veteran." James Welles was the first settler of the Township in 1774. The Township had several land divisions occur between 1804 and 1830 to form the following townships: Canton, Asylum and Spring Hill.
Local Government and Current Data
There are three elected supervisors that serve on the governing council for the Township of Wyalusing. The Township also employs a secretary. Five members serve on the Townships’ planning commission, and are currently in the process of adopting its comprehensive plan, which is hoping to be passed in the fall of 2008. In 1993, the Township of Wyalusing adopted standards and regulations for subdivisions and land developments in the Township. There are three members on the zoning hearing board, which enforce the regulations passed in 1997.
Wyalusing Township has many wonderful landscapes and views of the surrounding area because of its mountainous topography. The scenic view from the Wyalusing Rocks offers a sight of the Susquehanna River and both Asylum and Terry Townships. The pull off is located along Route 6 before heading south towards the Borough. Aside from this lookout, the Marie Antoinette Scenic Overlook offers another view in the Township a short distance away from the Wyalusing Rocks along Route 6. A local event hosted in the Township is an annual Wine Festival in September, where local wineries come to share their spirits