Swatara Township is a part in Dauphin CountyPennsylvania.

Lower Swatara Township is bordered by the Susquehanna River on

the south and Swatara Creek to the east. The township name is

derived from a Native American language.

The population in Pennsylvania increased. In 1729 Paxtang Township

of Lancaster County was established. The spelling "Paxtang" is from

the original Native name Peshtank, which meant "standing water".

On March 4, 1785, Dauphin County was formed from Lancaster County,

named for the Dauphin of France, heir apparent to the French throne,

whose country the area government wanted to honor for its assistance in the Revolutionary War. In August 1787 the legislature separated Paxtang Township into Upper PaxtangMiddle Paxtang and Lower Paxtang townships.

Lower Paxtang Township embraced the areas now occupied by Lower Swatara, SwataraLower PaxtonDerry and Susquehanna townships.

Lower Swatara Township was incorporated from Swatara Township on November 7, 1961, as a first class township. Within Lower Swatara is the Conrad and Margaret Allerman House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The township used to house the Star Barn Complex, which moved to neighboring Lancaster County in 2017

 Today Swatara is comprised of residential, commercial, industrial, educational, agricultural and government properties. The Township is 14.6 square miles surrounded by Middletown Borough, Derry Township, Swatara Township, Highspire Borough, Londonderry Township, Steelton Borough and Cumberland County.

Swatara Township has multiple park sites and shops, which makes this little town attractive.

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