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Hickory Heights
Neighborhood
Official name: Hickory Heights Neighborhood, South Fayette, PA
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny
Elevation 1,120 ft (341 m)
Area sq mi (12.9 km²)
 - land sq mi (13 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 15017
Area code 412
School District South Fayette
Location of Hickory Heights in Allegheny County
Location of Hickory Heights in Allegheny County
Hickory Heights, PA
Street view of Hickory Heights (Hickory Heights, PA)

Hickory Heights is an unincorporated community of South Fayette Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States.

Geography

Hickory Heights is a neighborhood in the South Hills of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. It is located in the South Fayette school district and is serviced by the Bridgeville post office. It is located just south of the intersection of Route 50 and Interstate 79 at 40°20′27″N 80°8′27″W / 40.34083°N 80.14083°W / 40.34083; -80.14083.

The Hickory Heights neighborhood has an approximate total area of 5 square miles (13 km2), all of it land.

Its average elevation is roughly 1,120 ft (341 m) above sea level.

Community overview

Even though Hickory Heights is linked to the communities of Bridgeville and South Fayette, the neighborhood is geographically separate because of its elevated location spread around the Hickory Heights golf course. The autonomous neighborhood has a community swimming pool (Hickory Heights swimming pool), central golf course (Hickory Heights golf course), horse stables (Rolling Hills Ranch), a sportsman's club (The Alpine Club) and a farmers market (Original Farmer's Night Market). The rolling hills and scenic views provide some of the nicest suburban scenery in Pennsylvania.

History

Hickory Heights has a rich, unexpected and truly interesting history. In approximately 1770 General George Washington (later to become first President of the United States) acquired a 2,813-acre (11.38 km2) parcel of land in Western Pennsylvania known as Millers Run. This property includes Hickory Heights as well as lands farther south. This property was given to Washington by his neighbor John Posey in exchange for the forgiveness of debt. George Washington was essentially an absentee landlord who treated the property in the wild western frontier of PA as an investment. In September 1784 he traveled to Miller's Run to survey his holdings, and discovered a population of Scotch-Irish squatters residing on his land. Over the next few years Washington methodically went about initiating legal proceedings to evict them. He eventually won a judgment against the group. In 1796 George Washington attempted to sell the property, but the sale collapsed when the purchasing agent defaulted on the mortgage. Washington then held onto the property until his death. Because of the extended legal proceedings, it is very clear that this property consumed quite a bit of Washington's time. It is clearly documented that he visited the property at least once, but he was not active in the regular maintenance of the area.

Until the 1980s, most of Hickory Heights was quiet farm land. The development of the Hickory Heights Golf Course and associated housing developments around the course formed the original nucleus of the current neighborhood.

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