Brighton Township was formed in 1816. It formerly was in South Beaver Township and Ohio Township. Eventually, parts of Brighton Township became other municipalities including: Patterson, Fallston, Industry and parts of Beaver and Bridgewater. The name came from Brighton, England.
Fun facts about Brighton Township:
–Tuscarawas Road, one of the township’s main thoroughfares, follows a former Indian trail, The Great Path. It led from the forks of the Ohio to the Tuscarawas Valley and the flint deposits in Central Ohio.
-The one-room school, the Richmond School, is open for tours.
–Morgan Carriage Works was built shortly after the Civil War on Dutch Ridge Road.
-Part of the county-owned Brady’s Run Park, established in 1947, is located in the township.
-The township has its own park on Gypsy Glen Road called Two-Mile Run Park.
-Engineering firm Michael Baker Jr., was located in the township. The firm is known for bridge and highway construction projects worldwide. The firm designed bridges located over the Ohio River in Beaver County.
-The Beaver County Geriatric Center opened in the township in 1959 after the facility in Potter Township closed. The facility was known as Friendship Ridge and was the largest nursing home in the county until the county sold it in 2014. Currently it is privately owned and known as Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.
-In 1980 a hospital was built in the township called the Medical Center of Beaver County. Then it was called The Medical Center. It is now known as Heritage Valley-Beaver.