Somerset is a borough in Pennsylvania. Surrounded by Somerset Township, it is the seat of Somerset County. At 2,190 feet above sea level, Somerset is the ninth highest elevated town in the state. Somerset can be accessed from exit 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, (I-70 and I-76).
Somerset has been involved in several interesting events in U.S. history. In 1794, Somerset played a large role in the Whiskey Rebellion as many rebellion leaders, such as Harmon Husband, lived in the borough. In 2002, nine Quecreek coal miners were trapped 240 feet underground for 77 hours just outside of Somerset. All of the miners were rescued, and the event was followed closely by the world, being televised globally. One of the craters of Mars, Somerset Crater, was named after the town.
Somerset offers various attractions, from the Somerset County Courthouse, a two-story Classical Revival building on the National Register of Historic Places that was constructed between 1904 and 1906 of Indiana limestone, to the Uptown Somerset Historic District, which contains 190 buildings, including Lansberry House and Printing House Row, as well as the courthouse itself.
The Somerset Area School District serves Somerset, with Maple Ridge Elementary School, Eagle View Elementary School, Somerset Middle School, and Somerset High School. Other schools in the area are the two private schools, St. Peter School and Apostolic Christian Academy.