Pennsylvania: Mercer County

Mercer County (pop. 116,638) is west of Venango County, on the border with Ohio.

Mercer County in 1911

It’s one of eight Mercer counties, and one of the six named for Gen. Hugh Mercer (1726-1777), who died from wounds received at the Battle of Princeton during the Revolutionary War.

Born in Scotland

The county seat of Mercer County is the borough of Mercer (pop. 2,002).

Mercer County Courthouse (1911)

The Mercer Livestock Auction has a large statue of a bull.

Trent Reznor, founder of Nine Inch Nails, grew up in Mercer.

The largest city in Mercer County is Hermitage (pop. 16,220).

Avenue of Flags, Hermitage

The city of Sharon (pop. 14,038), is the home of Reyers Shoe Store, called “The World’s Largest Shoe Store.”

The Buhl Farm Golf Course in Sharon is America’s only free public golf course.

9 holes


Penn State Shenango, in downtown Sharon, is the only urban campus in the Penn State system. Established in 1965, it has about 600 students.

Sharon is in the Shenango Valley.

Daffin’s Chocolate Kingdom is a large candy store in Sharon. The store features a 400-pound chocolate turtle and a 125-pound chocolate reindeer.

The city of Farrell (formerly known as South Sharon) had a population of 15,586 in 1920, when its steel mill was in full operation. The Sharon Steel Corporation closed in 1992; its 2010 population was 5,111.

The author E.L. Konigsburg (1930-2013) was high school valedictorian in Farrell.