Titusville is nestled in “the Valley That Changed the World” as the birthplace of the modern petroleum industry, about an hour south of Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania.
The world’s first successful drilled commercial oil well began producing crude oil August 27, 1859 thanks to Colonel Edwin Drake. This discovery put Titusville on the map and gave rise to several historical figures of the era including investigative journalism pioneer Ida Tarbell and oil field photographer John Mather. Titusville’s oil heritage influenced the community’s architecture, too, with several prominent examples of Victorian design still standing today.
You can tour Drake Well Museum and Park to learn how oil impacts daily life through interactive exhibits and take an excursion train ride through the historic area on the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad.
At the city’s peak, Titusville boasted an opera house as well as hotels, theaters and concert halls. This elite cultural standing lead to the nickname “the Queen City.”
Recreational opportunities abound at the Ed Myer Complex with tennis courts, running track, ball and soccer fields, beach volleyball pit and BMX bike course, the Queen City Trail, part of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail system, Oil Creek State Park, and Burgess Park and a splash pad. You can see the field where John Heisman, for whom the trophy awarded to the outstanding college football player of the year is named, played the rugby-style version of the game in the 1880s. A monument credits him with several improvements that led to the modern sport.
In addition to our school district, Titusville is proud of its branch campus of the University of Pittsburgh, our hospital and the many businesses and industries.
Titusville is home to several annual special events including the Heart of the Arts (HOTA) folk art and music festival, WWII Remembrance Weekend, Holiday at Burgess Christmas Light Display, an international fly fishing tournament, a Boston qualifying marathon, and Oil Fest the community’s annual celebration.
These institutions and our active civic organizations create a family-friendly atmosphere that makes Titusville, PA a great place to live, work and play!