Jacob Ebey House in need of additional volunteers

The docent program at the Jacob Ebey House is in dire need of more volunteers.

Sally Straathof, a ranger with Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve who coordinates the docent program, said she is concerned the popular historic site might have to reduce the number of days it’s open to the public unless more volunteers can be recruited.

Docents greet and share local history with visitors at the pioneer home above Ebey’s Prairie.

The program started in 2011 with more than 40 volunteers but has dwindled to 27.

The Jacob Ebey House opened Memorial Day weekend to about 800 visitors, Straathof said.

The home is open to the public Thursday through Sunday this summer. Docents work either the first shift from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. or the second from 1-4 p.m. For safety purposes, docents work in pairs, Straathof said.

“We’re really struggling,” she said.

For more information, call the Reserve office at 360-678-6084.

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