oil region

Coal Oil Johnny Public Open House

Guided tours will be given of this ca. 1850 house constructed prior to the region’s oil boom. Learn about the history of its occupants, including the region’s “prodigal son” John Washington “Coal Oil Johnny” Steele. Re-enactors will portray historic characters and select books will be … READ MORE

Coal Oil Johnny Public Open House

Guided tours will be given of this ca. 1850 house constructed prior to the region’s oil boom. Learn about the history of its occupants, including the region’s “prodigal son” John Washington “Coal Oil Johnny” Steele. The open house will also feature readings from “Oil Tales … READ MORE

Drake Well Marathon & Half

This unique Boston Marathon qualifying event starts and finishes at Drake Well Museum and Park, traveling along the historic streets of Titusville and utilizing the bicycle trail in Oil Creek State Park. All proceeds benefit educational, interpretive and community programming at Drake Well Museum and … READ MORE

2019 Oil Heritage Region Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony

Celebrate the winners of the 2019 Oil Heritage Region Historic Preservation Awards: The Derrick / The News-Herald for its “Out of the Archives” series, Missy’s Arcade Restaurant reconstruction in Titusville, Keystone Community Education Council’s Oil City office enhancement project, adaptive reuse and stewardship of the … READ MORE

Rising Tides Lift All Ships

Oil City, Franklin, Cranberry, Emlenton, Barkeyville, Polk, Rouseville, Utica, Kennerdell—just some of the communities located in Venango County.  The only thing separating these areas is distance. There are no physical borders, fences, or anything of the sort. Why, though, does it sometimes seem like each … READ MORE

Appreciating Our Heritage While Still Moving Forward

A couple weeks ago, the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce held the 39th Annual Oil Heritage Festival in downtown Oil City, with entertainment, food, a parade, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more. This was my fifth Oil Heritage Festival since working at the Chamber, … READ MORE