119 South Pitt Street · Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137 · 724-662-3490


The Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel

The Chapel is available to rent for weddings, meetings recitals, and other events. The Chapel is a beautifully restored 19th Century Episcopal Church—that used to sit on Venango Street in Mercer. Inside, a pump organ, Steinway piano, and two 15th Century German Bibles adorn the sanctuary—and quaint wooden pews allow seating for about 100 people. Downstairs, the Social Hall offers accommodations for meetings and receptions. Please stop and look, it is very pretty and welcoming. We consider it a showplace!

Location: Next door to the Mercer County Historical Society, 119 South Pitt Street Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137



Thomas McClain & Sons Print Shop

On the grounds of the MCHS Headquarters sits our Print Shop. Originally located on South Diamond Street, it was moved here in the 1970’s as a gift from the McClain Family. It represents a Justice-of-the Peace Office and a flat–bed print shop of a not-so-long-ago era when each small town was self-contained with everything a person might need.

Location: Behind the Mercer County Historical Society, 119 South Pitt Street Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137



Raisch Log Cabin

Located in Sharpsville near the site of the #10 Lock in the Canal Park, the log house was built in the early 1800’s and represents the Spartan existence of early settlers of Western Pennsylvania. The log home carries the name of the man—a past member of our Board of Directors—who spearheaded its restoration, Frederick J. Raisch.

Location: 285 East High Street in Sharpsville, PA, 16150, heading towards the Shenango River Dam and Reservoir. 



Rural Life Museum

Cash generated in Mercer County has always been of great concern to its population for over two centuries. In each year, rural, agricultural, means have generated more money in the County than anything else—including the steel and industry. It only stands to reason that the MCHS should celebrate this aspect of our history. About ten years ago space was offered to the Society by the Conservation District and Munnell Run Farm for a museum of rural life. We moved our displays out of the lower level of the Anderson Building and kept adding. We now have an over-filled building behind Avalon Springs (the old County Home) where we display our connection to our county’s rural life. This could not have been done without the continuing efforts of the Rural Life Museums curator, Dale Boyd. There is a collection of little things and big things here to look at, including the Twombly which was built in Sharon in 1915. We urge you to visit both the Rural Life Museum and the Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School on any Sunday during good weather between 1:00 and 5:00—it makes a nice day out and is not far from home, both are on PA Route 58 between Mercer and Greenville.

Location: 98 Avalon Court, Mercer, PA, 16137, behind Avalon Springs Nursing Home (the old Mercer County Home) on PA Route #58 between Mercer and Greenville.



Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School

Located in Delaware Township, midway between Greenville and Mercer on PA Route 58 the school represents more that 300 One-Room Schools that once existed in Mercer County. This once important means of education is represented by around 3,000 items. On the grounds—and in the Teachers’ Garden—there are an outside brick oven, a colonial fireplace, and numerous species of plants. The Teachers’ Garden commemorates the teachers of Mercer County.

Location: 2159 Mercer Road, Mercer, PA, 16137, on PA Route #58 about half way between Greenville and Mercer.



Indian Graveyard

Acquired in the early 1960’s, the cemetery is located on the site of Custaloga Town, a Boy Scout camp in northwestern Pennsylvania. There are at lease three Native American interred in this cemetery and probably many more. One of these is alleged to be Guyasuta, an important Seneca Chief during the French and Indian War. The Boy Scouts Maintain this site.

Location: Indian Graveyard at 55 Boy Scout Lane, Carlton, PA, 16311, off to the right of the road going into the Boy Scout