Franklin Historic West PA

Franklin Historic West PA Fascinaing styles of architecture in Franklin PA www.westpamag.com More than 200 historically significant buildings and one of the most intact Victorian Business Districts in the Commonwealth.

Loaded with wonderful Images & captions for the numerous historic buildings in Franklin PA (pop. 7200), the county seat of Venango County in NW PA. Franklin has examples of every major architectural style from 1830 through 1930. Recognizing our architectural heritage, Franklin City Council passed an ordinance on January 15, 1979 to form Franklin’s Historic District, which was placed on the Nationa

Loaded with wonderful Images & captions for the numerous historic buildings in Franklin PA (pop. 7200), the county seat of Venango County in NW PA. Franklin has examples of every major architectural style from 1830 through 1930. Recognizing our architectural heritage, Franklin City Council passed an ordinance on January 15, 1979 to form Franklin’s Historic District, which was placed on the Nationa

Christmas Blessings from Franklin Pennsylvania 💕!Painting by Fred Carrow
12/22/2021

Christmas Blessings from Franklin Pennsylvania 💕!
Painting by Fred Carrow

Mrs. Cowart is among the Angels now. The Franklin community has lost one of our most beloved Teachers. Prayers and Comfo...
08/02/2020

Mrs. Cowart is among the Angels now. The Franklin community has lost
one of our most beloved Teachers. Prayers and Comfort to her Family

English teacher Merrill Cowart gives FHS graduate Drew Lawson a hearty hug during commencement exercises in Franklin's Bandstand Park.

Heartbroken to hear of Merrill Cowart's passing yesterday, a truly Loving and Compassionate Teacher at FHS forever! Lord...
08/02/2020

Heartbroken to hear of Merrill Cowart's passing yesterday, a truly Loving and Compassionate Teacher at FHS forever!
Lord Bless and Protect Merrill's grieving Family and Friends.

English teacher Merrill Cowart (left) leads the Franklin High School graduates around Egbert Fountain en route to commencement exercises in South Park.

NW PAssages
08/02/2020

NW PAssages

Sunset over Sandy Creek in Franklin, Venango County.
Photo by Alexa Shirey

Franklin offers awesome mix if Nature and History!
07/23/2020

Franklin offers awesome mix if Nature and History!

1907 Belmar Trestle RR Bridge over the Allegheny River in Venango County, PA, which became part of the Allegheny Valley Trails Association in the 1990s.
Photo by Tom Wojtowicz

NW PAssages
07/23/2020

NW PAssages

NW PAssages explores the rich Native American history this month in a story about avocational archeologist Dan Kearney's discoveries in Venango County that date back thousands of years.

NW PAssages
07/23/2020

NW PAssages

Sunflowers in a farmfield in Venango County, PA ~ photo by John McCullough, featured photographer in the Nov. issue of NW PAssages.

Franklin Historic West PA
07/22/2020

Franklin Historic West PA

This map of Franklin, PA includes the area of Miller Park (in green) and the rest of the historic district of this town that pre-dates the Revolutionary War. The Miller Park neighborhood was built by oil baron General Charles Miller, a dry-goods store owner who struck it big with oil refining in Franklin starting in the late 1860s.
The general was probably just a private in the Union Army during the Civil War, but he rose to prominence in the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic), which was composed of Union veterans and was basically the precursor to the U.S. National Guard.
General Miller created his idyllic neighborhood of two dozen homes from 1898-1920s, and many of the mansions have been restored by today's homeowners.

Franklin Historic West PA
07/22/2020

Franklin Historic West PA

Century-old postcard of Miller Pond, a man-made creation that was part of oil baron Gen. Charles Miller's luxury Miller Park neighborhood in Franklin, Venango Co. The pond remains, though it's fallen into disrepair along with the greenhouses and tennis courts.
The twenty+ historic homes of Miller Park, built between 1898-1920s, feature a fascinating range of architectural styles, and most have been restored by their owners.

Nature Blessings from Franklin PA!
07/22/2020

Nature Blessings from Franklin PA!

Sunset over Sandy Creek in Franklin, Venango County.
Photo by Alexa Shirey

Be sure to bring a flashlight when traveling through the bike trail's old railroad tunnels, it gets pitch black in there...
07/22/2020

Be sure to bring a flashlight when traveling through the bike trail's old railroad tunnels, it gets pitch black in there!

Cycling through the historic Rockland RR Tunnel along the bike trail in Venango County, PA
Photo by Diana Shoff

Hopefully the Franklin Club will sell sometime soon, after sitting vacant a couple of years. Guessing the bank would sel...
07/21/2020

Hopefully the Franklin Club will sell sometime soon, after sitting vacant a couple of years. Guessing the bank would sell it for a song at this point!

Sunday's storm as it passed over The Commons (formerly the Franklin Club).

Wintery Franklin dawn, to cool you on these hot July days!
07/21/2020

Wintery Franklin dawn, to cool you on these hot July days!

Franklin PA this morning, at the break of dawn

Photo by Stephen West

Franklin Historic West PA
07/21/2020

Franklin Historic West PA

Baby Show at Monarch Park, circa 1910.

The luxurious theme park operated along Deep Hollow Road in Cranberry, midway between Franklin & Oil City, from 1896-1926. Originally named Smithman Park after the man who created it, John Smithman, as a great way to generate revenue for his electric trolley company.

Franklin Historic West PA
07/21/2020

Franklin Historic West PA

Mayor W.R. Crawford's mansion at the corner of Elk & 8th Sts., now long gone.
Illustration from Caldwell's 1879 book, History of Venango Co., PA.

Franklin Historic West PA
07/21/2020

Franklin Historic West PA

Great article in NW PAssages e-zine about the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, with Franklin & the Oil Heritage Region at the geographic heart of western PA's historic rails-to-trails transformation.

Democratic Rally at the 1868 Venango County Courthouse on Friday, July 17th, 5-7. Oughta be Historic, please Share!
07/17/2020

Democratic Rally at the 1868 Venango County Courthouse on Friday, July 17th, 5-7. Oughta be Historic, please Share!

Democratic Rally at the 1868 Venango County Courthouse on Friday, July 17th, 5-7. Oughta be Historic, please Share!

12/22/2018
Benjamin's Roadhouse

Merry Christmas from Franklin, Blessings to You & Yours!

Happy Holidays from ALL of us at Benjamin's Roadhouse! #MerryChristmas #HappyNewYear #PleaseShare

11/23/2018
Deep Harbour Properties

Merry Christmas Franklinites & Friends!

A short snippet of the really great fireworks show last Saturday the 17th, shot from the roof of the famous Liberty Building in Downtown Franklin.

Old fire bell displayed outside the Franklin Fire Dept.
05/01/2018

Old fire bell displayed outside the Franklin Fire Dept.

Franklin Historic West PA's cover photo
05/01/2018

Franklin Historic West PA's cover photo

Dawn breaks over an icy fish at a previous Franklin On Ice. This year's event is this Saturday, with lots of other event...
01/29/2018

Dawn breaks over an icy fish at a previous Franklin On Ice. This year's event is this Saturday, with lots of other events as well.
Photo ~ Stephen West

Franklin Historic West PA
01/29/2018

Franklin Historic West PA

1868 Venango County Courthouse clocks, still ticking & tolling. Usually the time is accurate, thanks to dedicated timekeepers. This image is from several years ago, in the dead of winter, with the clocks on the fritz.
Photo ~ Stephen West

Early 1900s postcard of the fabled Japanese Rose Garden of oil baron General Charles Miller, in Franklin's Miller Park.
01/11/2018

Early 1900s postcard of the fabled Japanese Rose Garden of oil baron General Charles Miller, in Franklin's Miller Park.

Franklin Historic West PA's cover photo
01/11/2018

Franklin Historic West PA's cover photo

Uncovering PA
11/02/2017
Uncovering PA

Uncovering PA

Did you know that a real Apollo artifacts sits outside of a Dairy Queen in northwestern Pennsylvania?

Historic Franklin's fame grows with the airing of Our Town Franklin at 8pm Thursday, October 19th, on WQLN (PBS channel ...
10/17/2017

Historic Franklin's fame grows with the airing of Our Town Franklin at 8pm Thursday, October 19th, on WQLN (PBS channel 9 for Spectrum viewers). Afterwards, it'll be available at their website, live streaming and afterwards.

We are ready and so EXCITED to present Our Town: Stories from Franklin this Thursday, October 19th at 8pm! You can watch it over-the-air on 54.1, or for friends and family outside of the viewing area, tune in live on www.wqln.org/ourtown. Learn all about Applefest®, the extensive bike trails, the Barrow-Civic Theatre, all of the wonderful events presented by the Franklin, PA - Events/Marketing Office and so much more! Special thanks to our sponsors of the program, Franklin Animal Clinic and Miller Park B&B. Many thanks to the Franklin Public Library and Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. Join us Thursday for this fantastic program!

If only the epic Miller Park Pond could be restored to its original glory, as shown in this century-old postcard....
08/22/2017

If only the epic Miller Park Pond could be restored to its original glory, as shown in this century-old postcard....

Century-old postcard of Miller Pond, in the epic oil boom neighborhood of Miller Park on Franklin, PA's west end. Several of the restored mansions of Miller Park are included
in this weekend's Holiday Homes Tour, sponsored by & benefiting the Venango County Historical Society.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Society House - 301 S. Park St.; 437-2275
Tour hours: Saturday (12/8) 11am-3pm and 5-8pm; Sunday (12/9) Noon-4pm.
A shuttle bus will be available for those wishing a ride from house to house.

Bird's-eye map of historic Franklin, Venango County, PA.
08/22/2017

Bird's-eye map of historic Franklin, Venango County, PA.

This map of Franklin, PA includes the area of Miller Park (in green) and the rest of the historic district of this town that pre-dates the Revolutionary War. The Miller Park neighborhood was built by oil baron General Charles Miller, a dry-goods store owner who struck it big with oil refining in Franklin starting in the late 1860s.
The general was probably just a private in the Union Army during the Civil War, but he rose to prominence in the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic), which was composed of Union veterans and was basically the precursor to the U.S. National Guard.
General Miller created his idyllic neighborhood of two dozen homes from 1898-1920s, and many of the mansions have been restored by today's homeowners.

Franklin Historic West PA
08/22/2017

Franklin Historic West PA

Circa 1920s postcard of the 1896 Egbert Fountain in Franklin's Fountain Park. The homes in the background are largely intact today, dating back to at least 1840.

The artillery cannon was melted down during World War Two, along with others in South Park, for use by the military in the war effort.

Early 1900s postcard of Monarch Park's luxury dance hall, restaurant and auditorium. The wondrous theme park in Cranberr...
08/22/2017

Early 1900s postcard of Monarch Park's luxury dance hall, restaurant and auditorium. The wondrous theme park in Cranberry, midway between Franklin & Oil City along Deep Hollow Road, operated from 1896-1926.

Early 1900s photo of a Baby Show at Monarch Park, the fabulous theme park that operated along Deep Hollow Rd. in Cranber...
08/22/2017

Early 1900s photo of a Baby Show at Monarch Park, the fabulous theme park that operated along Deep Hollow Rd. in Cranberry PA, midway between Franklin & Oil City. Monarch Park (1896-1926) was accessible mainly by electric trolley cars, created by a trolley car company to greatly boost passenger revenues.

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Hi, everyone in Franklin. I used to live in Franklin in the 1970's. 'Still have fond memories: Never went to laundry mat with 2 small kids without a stranger offering to carry something for me. Appreciate your lovely city.
Anyone remember Sperry & Hutchinson? I found this under 3 layers of flooring.
The Venango County Courthouse looks stoic among the autumn leaves. This photo was taken in the fall of 2014, and is available for purchase at the Winkler Gallery & Art Education Center as a canvas print. © Kyle Yates Photography, 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WISH OWN A PRINT? https://www.kyleyatesphoto.com/fine-art KDY_2014_10-25-001 Romans 6:1-4 NLT "Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives." The Derrick and The News-Herald Venango County Court House Franklin Historic West PA Venango County Historical Society NW PAssages Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce exploreVenango.com HDR photography #kyleyatesphotography www.kyleyatesphoto.com
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FASD update. It was discussed at last nights board meeting that 7th street school was going to be voted on to sell it to the CDC for $300,000. Real shocker. I’m ok with selling the building. It should have been done 5 years ago. In a public meeting five years ago I personally asked Mrs Dye if having the FASD District office at 7th street would cost the taxpayers money In that public meeting she stated to me. No it would not. With renting out rooms to the CDC it was going to cost nothing for the District office to be at 7th street. In the past few months I have found out that the janitorial services at 7th street was not paid for. That is roughly $250,000 for the past 5 years you the taxpayer has been spending on our Superintendent bold face lie. In conclusion we are essentially receiving $50,000 because Mrs Dye had to have her offices at 7th street for the past 5 years. Oh please take the sign out front so we don’t have to spend $1500 on a new sign “because it’s just the right thing to do”. One last thing superintendent please for the sake of all taxpayers. Quit lying to better your situation. Take one for the kids.