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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

January 25 - 2021 Park & Recreation- Meeting
January 26 - 2021 Municipal Authority-Meeting
January 26 - 2021 Municipal Authority-Org. Meeting
February 1 - 2021-Board-of-Supervisors- Meeting
February 10 - 2021 Planning Commission- Meeting
February 15 - Presidents Day
February 16 - 2021-Board-of-Supervisors- Meeting
February 22 - 2021 Park & Recreation- Meeting
February 23 - 2021 Municipal Authority- 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

PA State Police

2 Dunwoody Drive,
Carlisle PA, 17015
717-249-2121

Holiday Closings

January 1 - New Year Day
February 15 - Presidents Day
April 2 - Good Friday
May 18 - Primary Election Day
May 31 - Memorial Day
July 5 - Independence Day
September 6 - Labor Day
November 2 - Election Day
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 25 - Thanksgiving Day
November 26 - Thanksgiving Holiday
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 27 - Christmas Holiday