Washington Boro, Pennsylvania

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Washington Boro
CDP
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Washington Boro is located in Pennsylvania
Washington Boro
Washington Boro
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 39°59′33″N 76°28′3″W / 39.99250°N 76.46750°W / 39.99250; -76.46750Coordinates: 39°59′33″N 76°28′3″W / 39.99250°N 76.46750°W / 39.99250; -76.46750
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
Township Manor
Population (2010)
 • Total 729
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Washington Boro is a census-designated place (CDP) in Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States, along the Susquehanna River. The zip code here is 17582. It is served by the Penn Manor School District and is the terminus of both Pennsylvania Route 441 and Pennsylvania Route 999. As of the 2010 census the population was 729 residents.

History[edit]

The French-Canadian fur trader Martin Chartier and his son Peter Chartier established a trading post near this area in 1718, and a monument was erected on the spot in 1925 by The Pennsylvania Historical Commission and the Lancaster County Historical Society.[1]

Also called the Boro, Borough of Washington or Washingtonboro in the past, this small Lancaster County, Pennsylvania community was settled in 1810 and incorporated in 1827 and was center of river trade and a river jobs, as it is located near the site of the first colonial era animal powered ferry across the lower Susquehanna RiverWright's Ferry between Wrightsville, PA and Columbia, PA on the west bank in York County, Pennsylvania. Due to the decline of river trade and jobs, the Borough of Washington was dissolved politically, effective December 31, 1973, becoming part of Manor Township.[2]

Geography[edit]

East Prospect is located at 39°59′33″N 76°28′03″W / 39.99250°N 76.46750°W / 39.99250; -76.46750 [3] and is situated on the West Bank of the Susquehanna River opposite Washington Boro. The center of the colonial named Conejohela Valley and commercially Lake Clarke region are centered mid-river between the towns.[4]

Attractions[edit]

The village contains a number of old hotels used to attract travellers, which are now private homes. A volunteer fire department, Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, was organized in March 1917 and chartered September 8, 1918. It merged with three other neighboring fire companies to create Blue Rock Fire Rescue circa 2011. The former Patriotic Sons of America Lodge now serves as a community hall.

An annual Washington Boro Tomato Festival is held each year in July. The Washington Boro United Methodist Church hosts a Tomato Feast in August.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin Chartier
  2. ^ Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed Book R64, Page 313.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Name search and Conejohela map showing both.

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