This picturesque community was founded in 1802 by a well educated German aristocrat, Detmar Basse, who purchased 10,000 acres of post-Revolutionary War Depreciation Lands to create a town named for his daughter, Zelie. With the main route between Pittsburgh and Erie traveling through the heart of town, Zelienople flourished as pioneers purchased lots and established homes and businesses.
Some people affectionately describe Zelienople as “similar to Mayberry” because the picturesque town has retained its quaintness and charm despite the suburban growth surrounding it. Zelienople has a bustling business district of restaurants, coffee shops, and retailers offering toys, hardware, jewelry, gifts, flowers, baked goods and much more.
While shopping and eating may be high on your priority list, you may also want to step inside Zelie’s elegant home. It’s now a house museum filled with items that tell the story of Zelienople’s history. Or, plan a visit during one of Zelienople’s annual festivals. Here you’ll find small-town charm that will entice you to come back again.