History and Culture

History and Culture in Crawford County

Crawford County holds layers of complex history that are just waiting to be peeled back.

How much does where you’re going matter if you don’t know where you came from? Crawford County holds layers of complex history that are just waiting to be peeled back, both by visitors and residents. The area is rich with cultural significance from the Drake Well to the railroad industry, and even the home of a late Supreme Court Justice. The Crawford County Historical Society works hard to preserve the integrity of information, real estate, and artifacts that are vital to every chapter in the county’s story. Experience some of this history at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum, the David Mead Log Cabin Replica, the Drake Well Museum, and the French Creek Archaeological Society.

Experience some of the area’s cultural specialties by taking a journey to Northwestern Pennsylvania’s only Maple Museum is in Edinboro, where you can learn the art and science behind making maple syrup. Or if you’re feeling like seeking out some supernatural adventure, stop by paranormal hotspot The Knickerbocker. You never know what you’ll learn in Crawford County!

Academy Theatre

The Academy Theatre has been entertaining area citizens since 1885. Performances include various musicals and plays, classical music concerts, ethnic dance and concerts, as well as a variety of area favorites such as youth productions and dinner theatre.

Location: The Academy Theatre, Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA, USAWebsite: www.theacademytheatre.orgPhone: 814-337-8000

Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum

Mount Hope: The Baldwin Reynold House Museum

Location: 639 Terrace Street, Meadville, PA, USAWebsite: www.baldwinreynolds.orgPhone: 814-724-6080

Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society & Museum

The Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society Museum contains a variety of exhibits dating back to the pre-historic age.

Location: 150 N 3rd St, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316, USAWebsite: www.conneautlakehistory.comPhone: (814)-382-6894 or 337-6377

Crawford County Historical Society / Tarr Mansion

Organized in 1880, the Crawford County Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the county's history.

Location: 869-871 Diamond Park, Meadville, PA 16335, USAWebsite: http://www.crawfordhistorical.org/chs/Phone: (814) 724-6080

David Mead Log Cabin - Bicentennial Park

A replica of founder David Mead's log cabin was erected in Bicentennial Park situated along the banks of French Creek during Meadville's bicentennial celebration in 1988.

Location: 1057 North French Street, Meadville, PA 16335, USA

Drake Well Museum and Park

The modern oil industry was born at the site of the Drake Well Museum, where Edwin Drake drilled the world's first commercially successful oil well in 1859.

Location: 202 Museum Lane, Titusville, PA 16354, USAWebsite: https://www.drakewell.org/Phone: (814)-827-2798

Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society

Every town has its stories, legends, and place in history.

Location: 32 High Street, Waterford, PA, USAWebsite: http://fortleboeufhistory.com/Phone: 814-352-5463

French Creek Valley Railroad Park

The French Creek Valley Railroad Park is maintained by the FCV RR Historical Society which is dedicated to preserving Meadville's railroad heritage.

Location: 518 French Creek Parkway, Meadville, PA 16335, USAPhone: http://fcvrrhs.org/

Greendale Cemetery

A cemetery is a history of people - a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering - always. --George Shepard

Location: 700 Randolph Street, Meadville, PA, USAWebsite: https://www.greendalecemetery.org/Phone: 814-336-3545

Johnson Shaw Stereoscopic Museum

An adventure in photographic history and binocular vision awaits you. Enter the world of binocular vision that captured the interest of Queen Victoria and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Location: 423 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335, USAWebsite: http://www.johnsonshawmuseum.org/Phone: 814-720-4306
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