Conewago History

About Conewago Township

Conewago Township was named for the Conewago Creek, which forms its southern boundary. The (eastern) Conewago Creek runs through Lebanon, Lancaster and Dauphin Counties. Conewago is an Indian word (either Delaware or Iroquois) meaning "at the place of rapids" (Conewaugha). Conewago Township was created in 1850 from parts of Derry and Londonderry Townships. It is located in Dauphin County, which used to be part of Lancaster County, and before that part of Chester County.

Conewago Township is in the southeast corner of Dauphin County, and is bordered on the north by Derry Township (Hershey); on the west by Derry and Londonderry Townships; on the south by Mount Joy Township, Lancaster County; and on the east by South Londonderry Township, Lebanon County. The Township is about 3.8 miles wide, and an average of 4.4 miles in length, comprising an area of about 16.7 sq miles or 10,700 acres. Conewago Township is mainly a rural farming community.

There are two other townships in Pennsylvania with the same name, where the (western) Conewago Creek runs. They are Conewago Twp, Adams Co. and Conewago Twp, York Co. There is also a township with a very similar name, Conewango in Warren County, PA. And there is a town of Conewango in Cattaraugus County, New York. Conewingo and Conowingo are other spellings of the same Indian term. There is a Conowingo Creek in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and a town and dam called Conowingo in Cecil County, Maryland.

One of two lakes called Conewago Lake is at Mt. Gretna in Lebanon County. There is also a Conewago Lake at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Many people call it Pinchot Lake. The 340-acre lake in York County is off Route 117 between Lewisberry and Rossville.

Conewago 1999 Map
1999 Map
Conewago 1875 Map
1875 Map
Conewago Township Building
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Conewago Township, Dauphin County Timeline

1700s - 1800s - 1900s


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