Traveling upriver on the Allegheny by train or boat in the late nineteenth century, you would see Emlenton, Franklin and Oil City in Venango County, Tionesta in Forest County, pass by Tidioute and finally reach Warren in Warren County. All along the River, you would be treated to an array of particularly fine Victorian homes the Region’s lumber and oil industries had built as personal monuments to success.
You can make that same trip, today. You can see many of those same wonderful Victorian houses, today. The railroads are gone and the river has been dammed upstream of Warren at Kinzua, but a drive along Routes 8 and 62 can get you to most places in the Region. Short trips away from the River will take you to Titusville, birthplace of the oil industry, or to Endeavor and Sheffield where evidence of the great nineteenth century Pennsylvania lumber industry remains even now. Meadville to the west and Bradford, Smethport and Ridgway to the east are close by and offer splendid examples of surviving Victorian structures.
If you can’t visit for now the actual communities, we cordially invite you to travel through our Northern Pennsylvania Victorian Region by experiencing the Victorian communities and structures we feature at this web site.
To visit a COMMUNITY in the Region, just click on one of the Location links in the left-hand column.
Available at each COMMUNITY site in the region are driving directions, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, brief histories, local historical attractions, current historical and architectural programs and prominent Victorian architectural examples. A list of currently available historical and architectural publications pertaining to a specific COMMUNITY and how to procure them is also available at each COMMUNITY site.
To learn more about the various architectural STYLES found in the Northern Pennsylvania Victorian Region and see examples, just click on one of the architectural styles listed under the Styles heading in the left-hand column.