Ties to National History
Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad
Crawford County Court House
John Brown's Tannery
David Mead Log Cabin
Drake Well Museum
Incredible stories of the past you can experience for yourself county-wide in the present
Start your experience with a scenic drive along Washington’s Trail which runs the length of Crawford County. Along the way, stop in Meadville along Diamond Park to do some family research at the Crawford County Historical Society archive inside the beautifully restored Tarr Mansion. Next enjoy a tour of the Baldwin Reynolds House Museum which houses important 19th and 20th paintings including those of Austa Sturdevant. The Museum is also host to many events including the 1920s-themed, Eleanor Davies Croquet Classic. At Greendale Cemetery, you can learn about this area’s prolific figures amid the beauty of over 1,500 rhododendrons. In the Sugar Lake area, visitors will find abolitionist, John Brown’s tannery which was a central stop for slaves seeking freedom. Nearby is Titusville, once known as the Queen City at the peak of the world’s first oil boom that first started at Drake’s Well. Fortunes were made here and legacies remain through the mansions lining East Main Street and mausoleums of Woodlawn Cemetery. Here too you’ll find the childhood home of muckraking journalist, Ida Tarbell. Then enjoy the beauty of the Oil Region with a ride on the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad.
Local History. National Impact.
Crawford County historic legacy cannot be captured in just one place. However, you can learn more of the story at other historic locations found in our directory listings or through our growing list of itinerary ideas like A Historic Tour of Crawford County. Most of these locations host programs and special events that can be reviewed on our Events Calendar for dates and details.
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