The Last Frontier: Venango County Indians, Oil, Ghost Towns

Venango County. Its name is derivation of a the Seneca Indian word earliest for explorers “French and Creek.” Its earliest explorers and settlers were the French, shortly followed by the English. At one time, the territory was claimed simultaneously by France, and the colonies of Virginia and Pennsyl­vania. But Venango County’s rich history bespeaks vigorous pioneering a spirit...
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Bring on the Next 150 Years!

Throughout 2009, the staff and volunteers of Drake Well Museum in Titusville, Venango County, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), were involved in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the world’s first successful well drilled for oil. Programs, parades, and events were carried out in conjunction with Oil 150!, a collaborative effort throughout...
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