Settled in 1719 and incorporated in 1838 ,West Donegal Township is named after County Donegal in Ireland. Located west and south of Elizabethtown, in Lancaster County, West Donegal Township comprises an area of 15.6 square miles in land size.
Governed by a five member Board of Supervisors the 2010 census indicates the Township has 8260 residents. The Township is part of the Elizabethtown Area School District with the Rheems Elementary School located in the Township.
Located within the Township is the Village of Rheems and the 1400 acre campus of Masonic Village. Masonic Village with a population of 1700 residents provides retirement homes and other health care facilities as well as recreation opportunities for the community.
A variety of housing types and areas are available to prospective residents. They range from agricultural, in the many farmsteads, to single and duplex units, apartments and condominiums. One unique residential opportunity, and first open space development in the Township, has preliminary approval and the first phase developed. The residential development with varied residential units will provide concentrated residential homes on smaller lots with a park and open space to be enjoyed by the residents. A trail system in the open space areas will connect to a future trail system providing access to trails at Masonic Village and into Elizabethtown. Wildlife view areas will be provided along the trail system for the enjoyment of the residents.
The northwest corner of the Township provides the area of the Conewago Industrial Park. This industrial park, developed over the last 25 – 30 years, is the home of a variety of businesses including American Air Filter, Dupont – Pioneer, Crowe Transportation, Penn Tank Truck Wash, Walker Sales, Western Power Sports, Seedway, Tarantin, DAS, Angleboard, ModSpace, and the latest Nordstrom. Additional areas of the Conewago Industrial Park are yet to be developed and available.
A number of other businesses are found throughout the Township providing services and employment to residents of the Township and individuals from the region. The wide range of businesses and housing provides a varied opportunity allowing residents to live, work and play within the Township.
Located between Harrisburg and Lancaster, West Donegal Township provides residents employment and recreation opportunities with additional amenities in the larger cities.