In 1954, twenty six attorneys from Lancaster, Pennsylvania invested $10 each to start a local title agency. From that initial starting capital totally $260, a title agency was born. At that time, attorneys performed their own title searches. The founding attorneys discovered that by sharing their title bases, they could realize efficiencies in the title searching process. In addition, by serving as a title agent, their agency could issue title insurance policies and the attorneys could earn dividends on their investment as the agency prospered.
By 1973, the title agency had grown and accumulated enough capital to form a title insurance underwriter. Conestoga Title Insurance Co. was formed and began issuing policies in Pennsylvania. Between 1980 and 2006, Conestoga expanded its geographical footprint and also became licensed as a title insurer in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and the District of Columbia.
In 2008, Conestoga Title was acquired by Donegal Mutual Insurance Company based in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Donegal Mutual is a mutual property and casualty insurance carrier that provides full lines of personal, farm and commercial products. Donegal Mutual holds a controlling interest in Donegal Group Inc. As a subsidiary of Donegal Mutual, Conestoga Title has grown and prospered.
Conestoga’s growth and success over the years is attributable to its focus on the independent agency system. We focus on providing title agents with the underwriting, operational and marketing support that they deserve.
Conestoga Title Insurance Co. is one of the most trusted names in the title industry, providing the real estate, legal and financial communities with reliable title insurance since 1973. Conestoga Title’s success comes from our emphasis on building relationships through service, experience and financial security.