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.


Check out our blog post about Zelienople here.


Zelienople, PA 16063
United States
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Events around here:
Dec 12 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Community Dinner
Dec 14 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Zelienople, PA
The Strand Theater presents: Yule TV's Greatest Hits
Dec 14 2018 - 7:00pm to Dec 15 2018 - 2:00pm
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Pretzel Saturdays
Dec 15 2018 - 8:30am to 2:00pm
Harmony, PA
The Strand Theater presents: It's A USO Christmas
Dec 15 2018 - 8:00pm to Dec 16 2018 - 2:00pm
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What's Nearby?

ZABA aims to promote and serve Zelienople area businesses through numerous promotions such as Horse Trading Days, Country Fall Festival, the Santa House and more!

October - Two days of live music, sidewalk sales, arts & crafts, horse drawn buggy rides, children's pony rides, petting zoo, games, clowns, 5K Grandparent walk and run, car cruise and show, flashlight drag racing.

A gift boutique featuring unique items, many of which have meaning or support a cause or charity.

Experienced Hair Salon dedicated to the health & vitality of your hair.

Zelienople's premier women's clothing, accessory, and shoe boutique!

Carol's Pastry Shop is known for its donuts and danish pastries, made onsite each morning. In addition to some of the best donuts in the area, Carol’s also bakes wedding and special-occasion cakes, cookies, breads and other pastries, as well as weekly specials that are posted online.