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Our History

With a rich history dating back to 1735, West Pennsboro Township invites you to discover its charming villages, historic barns, and beautiful stone farmhouses. Originally part of Pennsborough, one of the two original townships in the North Valley region, West Pennsboro underwent several boundary changes over the years. By 1785, it had lost land for the formation of Newton, Dickinson, Penn, and Frankford Townships, ultimately settling into its current boundaries.

As the third largest township geographically in Cumberland County, West Pennsboro is now home to approximately 5,595 residents. It is bordered by the Conodoguinet Creek to the north and Route 11 to the south, offering a unique blend of quaint rural charm and historic structures. Among these are the well-known Laughlin Mill and the fully-equipped Heishman Mill, both of which continue to stand as testaments to the Township’s past.

Our Community

Nestled between the Conodoguinet Creek to the north and Route 11 to the south, West Pennsboro Township boasts a unique blend of rural charm and historic structures. Notable landmarks, such as the Laughlin Mill and the fully-equipped Heishman Mill, stand as testaments to our township’s past and continue to captivate visitors and residents alike.

Education and Facilities

All but one of the Big Spring School District’s buildings and facilities are situated within West Pennsboro Township. We take pride in providing our community with a supportive and thriving educational environment.

Roads and Infrastructure

The township maintains approximately 61 miles of road, ensuring smooth and efficient transportation throughout the area. As residential development continues to grow, we strive to balance modern needs with the preservation of our agricultural heritage.

Agriculture and Preservation

Over 7,800 acres of farmland in West Pennsboro Township are designated as Agricultural Security areas. We are committed to preserving our agricultural legacy by supporting local farmers in the sale of development rights, safeguarding our farmlands for future generations.

Whether you are a long-time resident or a visitor passing through, we hope you enjoy your time in West Pennsboro Township. We invite you to explore our rich history, experience our warm hospitality, and become a part of our thriving community.