Wright Township was formed from a piece of Hanover Township in 1851. It was named in honor of Col. Hendrick B. Wright of Wilkes-Barre. In 1798, Conrad Wickeiser was the first settler in the region. He was followed by James Wright, who established the first tavern and sawmill in the locality. Logging was one of the chief industries in the region at the time. Wickeiser and Wright settled in what is now Fairview Township (once part of Wright Township). In what is now Wright Township, the first settler was probably Cornelius Garrison in the 1830s. He erected a sawmill on Big Wapwallopen Creek in the southwestern portion of the township. It was one of the longest running mills in the community.
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Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 13.3 square miles (34.5 km2), all of it land. Wright is part of the Mountain Top region of Luzerne County. The township is densely populated in the western half. The southern and eastern portions of Wright are made up of thick forests. The community’s main business districtis located in the northern and central portions of Wright. PA 309 runs north to south through the heart of the township. PA 437 travels through the eastern portion of Wright.
Wright Township contains a very popular recreational park. It is located between PA 309 and South Main Road in the community. The park is in a wooded area and contains many nature trails. The park also includes four tennis courts, two blacktop basketball courts, a baseball field, and two soccer fields. The basketball courts and one of the tennis courts are illuminated during the active spring and summer months. It also has an ice hockey rink and a splash fountain for kids. The park is very well kept and hosts camps for children during the summer.
Our facility houses the zoning office, police department and our fleet of construction vehicles.