The Stories of Venango County

Venango County boasts a rich tapestry of cultural, historical, and recreational treasures waiting to be discovered. Come see the unique places our region has to offer.

The Stories of Venango County

Pleasantville, Pennsylvania 16341, United States

Created By: Venango Tours

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Venango County boasts a rich tapestry of cultural, historical, and recreational treasures waiting to be discovered. Delve into the narratives shared by our community as you explore the streets, parks, and landmarks that define our region and give insight to the change that has been experienced since early settlement. From historical anecdotes to personal reflections, the tour offers a mosaic of perspectives that paint a vivid picture of our community's culture, history, and identity. Engage with the content in real-time, interacting with photos, videos, and audio clips shared by locals who call this place home. From tales of triumph to moments of reflection, each story adds depth and meaning to your journey, transforming each visit into an immersive experience. Whether you're a longtime resident or a first-time visitor, you may learn something new about this place we call home. If you would like to contribute to this tour by sharing your story, please visit this link or email us at

Venango County is located in the northwestern part of Pennsylvania and was created on March 12, 1800 from parts of Allegheny and Lycoming Counties and was attached to Crawford County until 1805. In 1839, part of the county became Clarion County (some Clarion records from 1800-1839 are found in Venango County). Additionally, part of Venango County was included in Forest County in 1848. The city of Franklin was selected as the county seat on March 26, 1808. It was originally laid out in 1795 at the site of Fort Franklin, which was built in 1787 and named after Dr. Benjamin Franklin. The town was incorporated as a borough in April 1828 and chartered as a city on April 4, 1868. Narratives throughout this tour have been supplemented with information from the Venango County PAGenWeb project.

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In January 1865, the wildcat Frazier Well struck oil along Pennsylvania's Pithole reek, launching an oil frenzy. Four months later, Colonel A.P. Duncan and George C. Prather purchased land on Holmden Farm and laid out 500 lots for lease, fo... Read more
In the early/mid 1980’s Klapec Trucking Co. was growing exponentially with all the great industry we had to work with- around us.  Our Terminal at the time was overfilled and we needed more space.  This is what prompted our Founder Bert... Read more
In 1879 A.L. Confer constructed a refining still in Reno, PA and it was originally called Empire Oil. The main product being produced at this time was lamp oil being distilled from crude oil. In 1928 Empire became Wolverine Empire Refining ... Read more
  The AVC Dotter Kayak Access is more than a way to enjoy the river. The Allegheny Valley Conservancy (AVC) owns this 16.37 acre site along the Allegheny River to permanently protect the floodplain and riverine habitat as well as provide r... Read more
The Borough of Pleasantville was founded by Aaron Benedict in 1821 and incorporated in 1850. Within this charming village, you will find historic churches such as the notable Greek Revival style Free Methodist Church, formally known as Alle... Read more
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Although it closed more than 70 years ago, Monarch Park continues to pique the imagination of those too young to have experienced it and evoke vivid memories of shared festivities for those who did. As the best possible place for any kind o... Read more
Oil Creek State Park offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, and cross-country skiing. The cross-country ski area features its own parking lot, warming hut, and several trails ranging in diff... Read more
Consisting of 2,695 acres of forest and fields, plus the 144-acre Justice Lake, Two Mile offers swimming at Crosby Bearch, lake fishing (a variety of warm and cold species), boating, kayaking, hiking, and an extensive network of trails and ... Read more
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Drilled two years after the Drake Well in August of 1861 by Brewer, Watson and Company, who leased the land on the Hamilton McClintock Farm, the McClintock Well #1 is the oldest continuously producing oil well in the world, Producing oil fo... Read more
Relocated to this location from across the creek, this home features interpretive panels detailing the travels of the man who spent his entire oil fortune in a year. Coal Oil Johnny the multi-millionaire was born John Washington Steel, a hu... Read more


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