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This project was financed by a Pennsylvania Heritage Parks Program Grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, via Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism, Inc.

The Oil Region National Heritage Area tells the stories of Colonel Edwin Drake’s drilling of the world’s first successful commercial oil well in 1859 and the legacy of the petroleum industry, which even now continues to shape daily life, industry, economy, society, and politics. The Oil Region, comprised of Venango County, Oil Creek Township in eastern Crawford County, the borough of Hydetown, and the City of Titusville, Pennsylvania, includes oil artifacts, scenic Victorian valley and riverbed communities, plateau developments, farmlands and woodlands, and industrial landscapes. Today visitors enjoy heritage attractions, warm hospitality, and four seasons of outdoor recreation in “the valley that changed the world.”

An amendment to the 2004 Management Plan Update is being prepared to incorporate changes required by the National Heritage Area designation. Please select this link (2006 NHA Management Plan Amendment) to review the schedule and scope of this work, to review interim products, and to make comments on this work.

This website provides an introduction to the Oil Region NHA as well as background information and links to other content about our plan, our activities, and related topics.

This website was last updated on September 17, 2014

Courtesy of PA Historical and Museum Commission/Drake Well Museum (DW#1065)