Founded in 1806 by settlers from Delaware, Maryland and Philadelphia, Wellsboro was incorporated in 1830 and became part of the General Borough Act of 1851 in September of that year. The town was named in honor of Mary Wells, wife of one of the original settlers, Benjamin Wister Morris. In the early 20th century, Wellsboro emerged as a regional hub of shipping and manufacturing.
LOCAL CLIMATEWe receive 33 inches of rain per year and 56 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 134. On average, there are 177 sunny days annually. The July high is around 80 degrees. The January low is 14.
The Wellsboro Area School District serves local students. Mansfield University of Pennsylvania is a short 13-mile drive away with several other academies of higher learning within an hour's drive.
Pine Creek Gorge, commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, stretches 47 miles and achieves a maximum depth of 1,450 feet. Winding trails and scenic overlooks reveal an array of shimmering waterfalls and spectacular landscapes. The canyon is surrounded by roughly 161,000 acres of the Tioga State Forest. The Pine Creek Rail Trail traverses the forest, blazing a glorious path for walking, biking and cross-country skiing. Several creeks and streams are available for fishing and canoeing. Hunters will discover thriving populations of deer, turkeys, grouse and black bear, as well.
Tioga County residents enjoy leisurely activities at a number of area lakes. Tioga, Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes are among the largest, each surrounded by expansive parks featuring boat launches, swimming beaches, campsites, picnic areas, playgrounds, trails and more.