Terry Township

Geography, Topography, and History

The Township of Terry is located near the southeast corner in the County. The Township is bounded in the north by Asylum Township, to the northeast by Wyalusing Borough and Township, to the southeast by Wilmot Township, and to the southwest by Albany Township. The Susquehanna River serves as the northeastern border to Wyalusing Township. Sugar Creek is a major stream of water that flows throughout the township spreading east to west and includes several of its tributaries. The most accessed road throughout the Township is State Route 187, which travels northwest and northeast. Other main roads in the Township include: Rienze Road, Race Hill, Marsh Road, and North Road.

Terry Township was officially created in 1857, from Wilmot, Asylum and Durrell Townships. Jonathan Terry was the first permanent settler and founder of the Township in 1787. The Township was named to honor Mr. Terry. The first framed house was erected around 1795. During the French Revolution, refugees came to the Township and built a house near New Era, to receive the King and Queen of France.

Spring Lake, located on the border of Terry and Asylum Township came into formation from large pieces of melting ice after the Ice Age. In 1983, the remains of a prehistoric wooly mammoth were found at the lake, when the Newton family hired an excavator to expand and improve the lake. There were over 100 bones and three out of four of the animal’s molars located at the site. It is the most intact wooly mammoth to have been found in the state of Pennsylvania. Today, the bones are still in the process of being restored at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh

Local Government and Current Data

The Township of Terry has a governing board that consists of three members. The Township also has a secretary. Terry Township has opted out of organizing a planning commission, a comprehensive plan, and zoning ordinances. All subdivisions and land developments must meet the County Office of Planning and Grants standards and regulations prior to being approved.

Moxie Community Church and a United Methodist Church are both located within the township.

Tax Millage for 2017:



New Era
Viall Hill

School District:

Wyalusing Area School District

FEMA Community Panel Number:

421111 0001-0010

Population Demographics:

Total Population....976
Population Density....28.8
Square Miles....32.7
Population under 18....23.2%
Population over 65....12.2%
High School Graduates....79.5%
Higher Education Graduates....13.9%

Household Statistics:

Housing Units....534
Median Housing Values....$60,800
Median Rent....$404
Per Capita Income....$16,352
Median Family Income....$46,000
Population Below Poverty Level....9.2%

Emergency Services:

Fire Coverage: Wyalusing Volunteer Fire Department
New Albany Volunteer Fire Department
Wilmot Fire Company
Ambulance Coverage: Towanda Memorial Hospital Ambulance
Police Protection: Pennsylvania State Police

Public Utilities:

Electric Company: Claverack
Gas Company: N/A
Water Company: N/A
Sewerage Facilities: N/A
Telephone Company: Frontier Communications


Jacob Higley (570) 746-9290
Paul Tuttle (570) 265-2239
Timothy Hart (570) 265-3550


Stacy Hart (570) 746-1133

Mailing address:

1876 Rienze Road
Wyalusing, PA 18854
570-746-1133 fax (570) 746-0933
Office hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.


Paul Litwin, Esq. (570) 836-7625


Terry Township monthly meetings are on the first Monday at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise advertised.