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The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce services the greater Tuscarora Area of 206 square miles, stretching north-south from just south of 40 degrees north latitude to the Maryland border and from east of the 78 degree west longitude line to just west of Chambersburg, PA. We are located within the borders of Franklin County in south-central Pennsylvania and includes the Borough of Mercersburg and Montgomery, Peters, St. Thomas and Warren townships. Several main arteries traverse the area, including US Route 30, PA Route 16, Route 416 and Route 75. This is primarily a rural agricultural area with a total population of approximately 17,000 people.

Tuscarora, the name of our school district and the mountain ridge on the western boundary, is derived from the Tuscarora Tribe of the Iroquois Confederation.The Tribe came north from the Carolinas circa 1713 and settled for a time along the mountains.The name Tuscarora comes from the Indian name Skaruron or hemp gatherers. Conococheague, the name of the creek that flows through the District on its way from the Path Valley south to the Potomac River, is an Indian name from the Delaware Tribe meaning clear water.


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