All Tours: 7

When the Allegwe and the Seneca peoples lived in French Creek Valley, it was thickly forested with beech, red oak, American chestnuts, cherry, ashes, pine and hemlocks. For the European settlers, the land was to be tamed and cleared for farming,…

In 1815, the Reverend Timothy Alden and members of the Meadville community founded Allegheny College. Today, nearly 200 years later, Allegheny College is one of the nation’s oldest, most successful and distinguished private liberal arts…

The history of Conneaut Lake as we know it today has been influenced by intersecting geological processes and human interactions, Formed over 10,000 years ago by retreating glaciers, this kettle lake, a large depression left behind by the glaciers,…

Conneaut Lake grew in era when many people were looking for respite from the toil of city life. Entrepreneurs capitalized on the rise of leisure culture and used the natural resources around them to create a resort community that offered…

Oil Region National Heritage Area in northwestern Pennsylvania witnessed the birth of the oil industry and a legacy of petroleum that continues to shape industry, society, and politics. Edwin L. Drake drilled the world’s first commercially…

Ida Minerva Tarbell was a journalist, labelled a “muckraker” for her investigation of the oil industry. Born in Erie County, Ida moved to Titusville in 1870 when her father became involved in the oil business. She was among the first females to…

Located in Northwest Pennsylvania, Meadville was settled in 1788, by David Mead and nine others in the rich farmlands of the French Creek Valley. Incorporated in 1823 as a borough and a City in 1866, it was designated the Crawford County seat in…