About West Donegal Township

West Donegal Township is a township in northwestern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The original township of Donegal was organized by the court of Chester County in 1722, and was one of the two townships which composed Lancaster County at the time of its erection in 1729. On the 24th of June, 1838, a division was effected, whereby the old township was constituted into two townships, to be separately and distinctly recognized as East Donegal and West Donegal.

The settlers of West Donegal were of Scots-Irish descent and were primarily farmers who were drawn to the area by the rich soils and plentiful streams. Thus the abundant produce provided by the land was able to be made into flour by the many mills which sprang up in the area.

Early settlers, Arthur Patterson and others, organized a Presbyterian Church at Donegal in 1726, and erected the old church edifice at that time. The first three pastors of it were from Scotland. Bartram Galbraith, grandson of James Galbraith, was Lieutenant for Lancaster County, the first three years of the Revolution, and many members of that family served in various official positions, as also did Alexander Lowrey and several of that family.

August 2 - National Night Out

A time for community to join together to Support the Blue, the 5th National Night Out hosted by NW Regional Police and held here at the Township building was a huge success with possibly the largest crowd ever. The NW Regional Police Department was joined by the fire companies, Northwest EMS, Southern Regional K-9 unit, pony rides by Ironstone Ranch, bounce house, face painting, balloons by the Balunguy, Triple J Reptile Rescue, along with music by Dynamic Rockers, and food by the St. Peter's Men's Club, Harvey's BBQ,  those famous Grange milkshakes, and many other vendors. We were also visited by more than 20 Star Wars characters. We raffled off 4 bicycles and 2 - $25 gift certificates from Harvey's BBQ, and a bike helmet raffled off by local chapter Pilot Club of Lancaster (Pilot International). The fireworks display was again a phenomenal way to close out the event. We would like to thank all guests, vendors, volunteers and police, fire and rescue personnel for coming together to make it another very exciting time. If you weren't able to attend this year we hope to see you in 2017!

Newville Road Bridge is Opened!!

Can you believe it?!! After 20+ years the Newville Road Bridge is OPEN!! Below is a slide show with photos of the new bridge and the ribbon-cutting ceremony. We'd like to thank everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, December 7.

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