The recorded history of West Hempfield Township originates in 1729 when the boundaries of Lancaster County were defined by surveyors upon the decree of the provincial government. Hempfield was one of the original townships of the county and included the present land areas of East Hempfield, West Hempfield and Manor Townships, and the Boroughs of Columbia, Mountville, and East Petersburg. Manor Township became a separate entity in approximately 1740; Columbia was incorporated as a borough in 1814 with further annexation of land in 1904; East Hempfield, including the area currently known as East Petersburg Borough, was established in 1817; and finally, Mountville Village became a borough in 1906. Essentially, the land area of West Hempfield Township has retained its name since 1818.

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