Conestoga, Pennsylvania facts for kids
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Hess House, built 1811
|• Total||2.08 sq mi (5.39 km2)|
|• Land||2.08 sq mi (5.38 km2)|
|• Water||0.004 sq mi (0.01 km2)|
|Elevation||500 ft (200 m)|
|• Density||606/sq mi (233.9/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1172302|
Conestoga is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. At the 2010 census the population was 1,258. The Conestoga post office serves ZIP code 17516.
Conestoga was first called Conestoga Manor by William Penn. 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. Conestoga was in the national news in 2001 when President George W. Bush held a photo opportunity at the Safe Harbor power station. Conestoga is also home to Turkey Hill Dairy.