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When Cumberland County, PA was first divided into smaller townships and boroughs, Dickinson Township included Cooke and Penn and was then the largest township in the county. By a decree of the Court of Quarter Sessions of this County made April 17, 1785, Dickinson Township was founded. There is no survey on record of the township as it was then constituted, nor does the decree of the court or the petition define its boundaries clearly. It seems certain, however, that it extended from South Middleton on the East to Newton on the West and from the “great road” leading from Harrisburg, PA to Chambersburg, PA (the present Ritner Highway) on the north to Adams County on the South.

Originally the settlers were mainly Scotch Irish, farmers who tilled the rich and fertile soil. The South mountains were covered with forests, two large creeks flowed through the are on their way to the Susquehanna. Mountain Creek, a small stream rising in the South mountains, finds it way through Mt Holly Springs Gap to join the Yellow Breeches Creek West of Boiling Springs. Yellow Breeches Creek begins in Newtown township and flows through Penn and Dickinson Townships on the North side of the mountain, small streams along the way increase its size.

Penn Township was formed from the western portion of Dickinson Township by a decree of the court on October 23, 1860 and included Cook Township until it was formed from the southern part of Penn on June 18, 1872.

The “Historical Sketches of Dickinson Township”, published to honor the 200th Anniversary of Dickinson Township, is available for purchase at the Dickinson Township Municipal Building for $23.00 each.

Upcoming Meetings/Events

August 27 - 2018 Park & Recreation-Meeting
August 28 - 2018 Municipal Authority
September 3 - Labor Day
September 4 - 2018 Board-of-Supervisors-meeting
September 12 - 2018 Planning Commission Meeting
September 17 - 2018 Board-of-Supervisors-meeting
September 24 - 2018 Park & Recreation-Meeting
September 25 - 2018 Municipal Authority
October 1 - 2018 Board-of-Supervisors-meeting
October 2 - 2018 Board-of-Supervisors-meeting

Dickinson Township

219 Mountain View Road
Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065
Ph. (717) 486-7424
Fax (717) 486-8412

Business Hours

Monday - Friday
7:00 am to 3:30 pm

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Carlisle, PA 17015
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Holiday Closings

January 1 - New Year's Day
February 19 - Presidents Day
March 30 - Good Friday
May 15 - Primary Election Day
May 28 - Memorial Day
July 4 - Independence Day
September 3 - Labor Day
November 6 - Election Day
November 12 - Veterans Day
November 22 - Thanksgiving Day
November 23 - Black Friday
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 25 - Christmas Day