Welcome to the Borough of Moscow

Upcoming Events

For additional events check out the Event Calendar under the Community Tab above.

ARBOR DAY:  The Moscow Borough Shade Tree Commission will hold its annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the gazebo located on Main Street near the intersection of VanBrunt Street.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of Moscow Borough being designated as a “Tree City” by the National Arbor Day Foundation.  An evergreen tree will be planted that will be decorated in future years during the Christmas season.  All are invited to attend.

EIGHTH NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY: Saturday, April 26th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local sponsors are holding their Eighth National Drug Take Back Collection Event on April 26th.  The purpose of this is to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.  This effort was a huge success in the past, removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine cabinets.  Moscow Borough Police will hold a collection at the Borough Building.





Could you effectively defend yourself if attacked? 

  • Date:        Three (3) Wednesday’s in April 2014   (16th, 23rd and 30th)
  • Time:        6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
  • Location:  Moscow Borough Police Department  123 Van Brunt Street   Moscow, PA 18444
  • Cost:         $25.00
  • Includes:  This fee includes three (3) sessions of realistic and dynamic hands on training. Comprehensive reference manual, actual-live simulations with a certified instructor, and a lifetime membership policy. This means you can attend additional R.A.D. training classes in Moscow or anywhere in the U.S. for FREE!!!
  • Contact:   Instructor, Chief Ivy Brenzel (570) 842-2061

The Borough of Moscow is proud to be able to provide to you this site as a resource of our community information and as a community guide. It is our intention that this will assist in answering questions you may have concerning the Borough Council and the role of the different Borough Departments.

Regardless of whether you are a permanent resident of Moscow, or are simply visiting, we hope you will take the time to appreciate the Borough and the people in it and by all means, feel free to contact the Borough office or stop by if you have any questions.

Mayor and Council - Borough of Moscow


History Of Moscow

 Moscow Borough was established in 1908 by citizens interested in creating improved services to their thriving community. W. B. Miller became the town's first Burgess.

 The area we call Moscow was given that name at some point in the 1850s. Exactly how the name came to the area is not clear. Originally called Drinkers Beech and named for Henry Drinker, a Quaker from Philadelphia, who gained possession of nearly three square miles of land and began harvesting the local beech trees. A roadway carved through the wilderness cut through what we know today as Main Street or Route 435 was named Drinker Turnpike.

Some people believe that the Reverend Peter Rupert, a Lutheran minister, renamed the area after his former home in Moscow, Russia. There is no firm evidence that he, nor settlers from Russia, named the area. The Reverand Rupert did build a log cabin tavern to service stage coach travelers making the arduous journey between Philadelphia and the interior of New York State.

It is possible that the area could have easily been renamed Moscow at the whim of the first postmaster Leander Griffen who opened the settlement's first general store in 1854.

The construction of a rail line from Scranton to the transportation hub of Hoboken, New Jersey increased the importance of the area not only for commerce but also as a destination for vacationers, who used the rail lines to visit the numerous local hotels built in this beautiful country setting. By the early 1900's there was even a daily commuter train called "the accommodation train" bringing workers from Moscow to Scranton. Today, the Victorian-era Moscow railroad station is a reminder of the profound influence rail transportation has had on this area.

This area continues to grow in a family-friendly environment, with its shops, restaurants, recreation and, of course, the train station and Steamtown excursions.

The Borough of Moscow