Originally driven economically by agriculture, Cecil Township has evolved with the changing of times as industry and commerce have tapped into both its human and natural resources. Farming communities such as Cowden and Hill's Station, for instance, took on new identities, both in name and purpose, becoming coal mining villages. Mining gave way to gas drilling. And, today, Southpointe, the multi-phase, mixed use development, a mere dream in the 1980s and 1990s, is now a reality. As innovation and change remain inevitable, Cecil Township stands strong as ever in the twenty-first century.
Cecil Township is comprised of former mining villages, including Bishop, Cecil, Gilmore, Hendersonville, Montour No. 2 (village of Cowden), Lawrence (formerly Hill's Station/Montour No. 4
, Reissing, Southview, Venice
and National II.
Of course, faith has played an important role in Cecil Township since its inception. With both Protestants and Catholics represented, historic properties include the Miller's Run Presbyterian Church
, Fawcett Methodist Episcopal Church
(present-day Fawcett United Methodist Church) and United Presbyterian Church
The landscape of Cecil Township features houses from myriad architectural styles and of all sizes. Chic contemporary mega mansions at Southpointe contrast sharply with a number of remaining vestiges such as the Simpson House (featured in Philip Simpson's accompanying YouTube video, Architecture and Construction of the Central Passage-style House
Additionally, Nancy Marshall offers a fascinating look at Cecil Township's Tomahawk Claim
, a historic log house her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John (Jack) Sherman Campbell, he the founder and president of Pittsburgh-based Keystone Adjustment Company, had acquired in 1928. At that time, they restored the abandoned and deteriorating building. In 1952, ownership of the property was transferred to Ms. Marshall's parents, Dr. and Mrs. James Covode Campbell. Ms. Marshall, who inherited the property in the mid-1990s, recounts the day in 1964 when a vehicle with California license plates pulled into her family's driveway. A woman emerged from the car in tears and announced that her grandfather had been born on the Tomahawk Claim. The lady's father, Daniel Hastings, had traced his family's roots to Cecil Township and had drawn a map for his daughter and her husband and son to find the log structure that "he considered the family homestead." The woman's father, Charles Hastings Sr., subsequently sent a letter and history
of the area, including previously unknown information about the log house's history, to Dr. Campbell. That information was critical to earning the home a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.