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Conestoga, Pennsylvania
Hess House, built 1811
Hess House, built 1811
Conestoga, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Conestoga, Pennsylvania
Conestoga, Pennsylvania
Location in Pennsylvania
Conestoga, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Conestoga, Pennsylvania
Conestoga, Pennsylvania
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
Township Conestoga
 • Total 2.08 sq mi (5.39 km2)
 • Land 2.08 sq mi (5.38 km2)
 • Water 0.004 sq mi (0.01 km2)
500 ft (200 m)
 • Total 1,258
 • Density 606/sq mi (233.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
FIPS code 42-15584
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.

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