The Conococheague Institute

Museum .. Library .. Gardens .. Gift Shop


...Exploring the clash and integration of cultures on the Conococheague frontier...

Enjoy our site from dawn to dusk daily! We are located at 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, PA 17236. Business hours, including the research library and historic house tours, are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. The site is open year-round. Contact us to arrange for group tours or private events at 717-328-3467.


Click below to begin searching our On-Line Catalog, including library materials and museum collections. The On-line Catalog is a work in progress, currently holding 10% of our data. If you don't find what you need in the catalog, please call us at 717-328-3467 for further search options.

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Volunteer at The Conococheague Institute!
Mary Hartman, Audie Mains, Conococheague Institute, Volunteers, Weaving, loom
Weaving Demonstration

Currently, we need volunteers in the following areas:


Visitors Center:

Volunteers at the Visitors Center greet visitors and provide them with Information about the Institute. These volunteers also help to sell merchandise in the gift shop.


Programs Assistants:

Programs assistants help with our educational programs. These programs are great fun! If you enjoy working with the public, particularly children and seniors, this may be the position for you. This is not a weekly commitment, as we do not run the programs every week.


Special Events:

These volunteers help with special events throughout the year. Some of the special events that we have held in the past include Teas, pig roasts, concerts, lectures, readings and, of course-our major event each year - Colonial Fair!



Volunteers in this area help with collections management throughout the site. Since we’ve just inaugurated our new, automated collections management system, we have LOTS of work to do in this area. We might ask you to research an artifact or even a building so that we will have the most accurate information possible. Other tasks include: refreshing displays in our buildings, creating new displays and maintaining a clean environment in the display areas for our visitors to enjoy.



If you love local history and genealogy and want to help others who share your love, this opportunity may be for you! We particularly need help in our library during the afternoon and on weekends.



Volunteers in this area tend to love the fresh air and open skies! Throughout the year, our needs differ – planting seeds in the garden in the spring; shoveling snow in the winter; and maintaining tidy, well-kept lawns and trails year-round.