Rochester Township was created in 1840 from New Sewickley Township. The history of Rochester Township is tied to the history of Rochester Borough, which makes up a large portion of the township.
The most famous landmark in Rochester Township was Junction Park, a sprawling amusement park built by the Beaver Valley Traction Company in 1900. The area is still known as “Junction Stretch”.
Fun Facts about Rochester Township:
-The Rochester Tumbler Works was founded in Rochester Township in 1872.
-A riverfront community called Boalsville was located in Rochester Township and was the site for the earliest steamboat building in Beaver County.
-The first recorded ferry across the Beaver River was run by James Moore as early as 1786 in Rochester Township.
-While Rochester Borough is the business center, Rochester Township contains most of the homes and is the residential heart of Rochester.