Conestoga, Pennsylvania

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Conestoga, Pennsylvania
census-designated place
Conestoga, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Conestoga, Pennsylvania
Conestoga, Pennsylvania
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 39°54′0″N 76°19′48″W / 39.90000°N 76.33000°W / 39.90000; -76.33000Coordinates: 39°54′0″N 76°19′48″W / 39.90000°N 76.33000°W / 39.90000; -76.33000
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,258
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 17516
GNIS feature ID 1172302[1]

Conestoga, Pennsylvania is a small community in and census-designated place in Conestoga Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 1,258 residents.

Conestoga was first called Conestoga Manor by William Penn.[2] The name came from the Conestoga Indians, a peaceful Christian tribe, whose principal village was located nearby. A number of the Conestoga were massacred by the Paxton Boys in 1763 with the survivors fleeing the area.

The town of Conestoga was laid out by John Kendig, Harry Breneman, Edward Charles, and John Folkman in 1797.[2]

The community is located at 39°56'26"N longitude, 76°20'48"W latitude, and it is 500 feet above sea level.[3]

A post office, zip code 17516, exists.

Conestoga was in the national news in 2001 when President George W. Bush held a photo opportunity at the Safe Harbor power station.[4] Conestoga is also home to Turkey Hill Dairy.

Another Conestoga, Pennsylvania exists at 40°8'32"N 75°50'7"W in neighboring Chester County, Pennsylvania. However, the community in Lancaster County is on the Susquehanna River, on the west side of Lancaster County, while Chester County lies to the east of Lancaster County.