Jefferson County

jefferson county

County Seat: Brookville, PA

Population: Approx. 44,000

Founded: 1804

Local News:

Annual Events:

  • Groundhog's Day

Indoor Attractions:

  • Punxsutawney Weather Discover Center

Outdoor Attractions:

  • Cook Forest
  • Jefferson County Fair

Home of Punxsutawney Phil!

Groundhog's Day first appeared in the Punxsutawney newspaper back in 1886. Today the tradition remains at Gobbler's Knob. Groundhog Day is based on German lore, if a hedgehog saw its shadow on Candlemas Day, there would be 6 more weeks of bad weather. In the U.S., we use a more native animal- a groundhog.

Phil spends the rest of the year in the Punxsutawney Library. There's an indoor and outdoor viewing area to Phil's Burrow, so you can stop to see him any time!