Images of America: Cranberry Township

Submitted by CTHS on September 16, 2016 - 10:26 pm
Image of America - Cranberry Township (Book Cover)

Please join us for the 2016 CTHS Fall Program on Sunday September 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Franklin Station meeting room in the Cranberry Library at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center - 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.

Thomas Wolfe wrote a novel, You Can’t Go Home Again, however Kate Guerriero Benz did as close as one can with her publishing of her book, Images of America: Cranberry Township, through Arcadia Publishing. The book contains 128 pages of photographs and text supporting the photos. Kate was raised in Cranberry Township on Franklin Road in an historic, classic house in the area, which at one time was called the village of Hendersonville or also known as Trail, as the house and region sat on the Venango Trail. Kate grew up here during a time when one went to Viola’s for groceries. Her maternal grandfather, Dr. Samuel M. Rice, maintained a private practice here for 50 years just off of Dutilh Road near Hartner’s restaurant. Kate’s mother, Veronica Rice Guerriero, was a founding member of the Cranberry Township Historical Society. Kate and her mother wrote and put on a play for the members of the historical society in the late 1980’s [1] about what it would have been like to grow up in Hendersonville. She, along with her mother spent many hours planting and weeding the Cranberry bog that the Society had in the original Cranberry Park.

Kate is a professional writer; her byline has appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as a weekly columnist and features writer. Please join us as she talks about her book and recollections of her rearing in the Township and discusses her family roots.

To learn about Kate’s book, please come to the Historical Society/Cranberry Township Public Library meeting on Sunday September 25, at 2:00 pm in the Library’s Franklin Station room at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building.

This free program is a joint project with the Cranberry Township Public Library. The Library likes to have a head count of possible attendees; therefore if you can, register online with the library or phone the Library at 724-776-9100 ext 1126, with Jaci; it is encouraged. If you can’t register, please still come! To register online, click on the short link below (or go to and surf your way to the library section and their events): 

Register with the Library Here

See you September 25th! Light refreshments will be served, but they will not come from Meeder’s Store, Calderone’s or Viola’s in full disclosure; they will come from a more recently established grocery store. Kate will have her book for sale at the meeting for those who are interested. As you know, first edition copies are always the most valuable and you certainly don’t want to be the only person in Cranberry without this book! 

[1] Editor's note: CTHS was founded in 1988 and incorporated 2/16/1989

Event Date
September 25, 2016 - 2:00 pm