Conyngham Township was formed in 1875, taken in part from Hollenback Township in southern Luzerne County. It is primarily made up of three areas – Mocanaqua, Wapwallopen, and Pond-Hill/Lily Lake.
Mocanaqua is a coal mining ‘patch-town’ formed by the West End Coal Company on the banks of the Susquehanna River. Mocanaqua is an Indian name meaning ‘little bear’ and is named after Frances Slocum, who was kidnapped by the Delaware Indians. She was renamed “Maconaquah” and raised by the Indians and later married an Indian chief.
Wapwallopen at one time featured the ‘powder mills’ where black powder was made – land and a factory that was later sold to the Dupont family in the mid 1800s.
Today, the township is home to more than thirteen hundred people and has several parks and recreation areas. It is home to two major festivals every year – Saint Mary’s Church Homecoming Picnic in Mocanaqua on Labor Day weekend, and the Heller Family Apple Festival in October.
Box 1 – 10 Pond Hill Road
Mocanaqua, PA 18655
|Name of Mayor||N/A|
|Type of Government||Board of Supervisors|
|School District||Greater Nanticoke Area|
|Water||Pennsylvania-American Water Co.|
|Waste Removal||Chapin, US Waste Management|