National Heritage Area

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217 Elm Street

Oil City, PA 16301-1412


To the east and south of Bradford in about the geographical center of McKean County is the county seat, Smethport, a Victorian gem. The nineteenth century wealth of the region, derived from lumber, oil and natural gas, is reflected in the surprisingly abundant and lavish examples of Victorian domestic architecture found in this small community beautifully situated in the picturesque mountains of Northern Pennsylvania.

Some of Smethport’s Victorian Homes







The influence of Stick Style architecture can be seen in a number of homes on the large lots along Route 6, Main Street, as you approach Smethport’s small commercial section. Other influences such as Queen Anne and Italianate are evident.

DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS: South from Bradford on Route 46. East from Warren on Route 59. North from DuBois and Ridgway on Route 219 and then northeast on Route 6. From New York come south on Route 446.

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