Drake Well Museum to Host Wildcatter Day at Pithole

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Wildcatter Day at Pithole

On Saturday, June 6, Drake Well Museum and the Friends of Drake Well, Inc. will host Wildcatter Day at Pithole, one of the many programs scheduled to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s legendary oil boomtown. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pithole Historic Site located at 14118 Pithole Road just off Route 227 near Plumer, PA. Admission is $5.00 for adults (18+ years), $3.00 for children (5-17 years) and free for children 4 years and younger.

According to Museum Site Administrator Melissa Mann, Wildcatter Day kicks-off an exciting schedule of special events, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Historic Pithole City. “It’s the perfect opportunity for folks to explore and experience Pennsylvania’s famous oil boomtown while learning about the significant role it played in petroleum history,” said Mann.

Wildcatter Day will feature an opening ceremony to kickoff the Pithole 150 celebration, guided tours of the Pithole grounds, interior petroleum history exhibits, live music, artisan demonstrations, 19th century games, and food booths operated by Bruce Peterson and Friends of Drake Well, Inc. Visitors will also enjoy meeting a few of Pithole’s legendary residents.

The Men of Ivy and the Good For Nuthin String Band will headline the event’s live musical entertainment. Performances will begin on the hour from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

Formed in 1960 at Muskingum College (now Muskingum University), the Men of Ivy have been singing together for 55 years. In 1963, the group recorded “Pit-Hole City,” a folk ballad inspired by the oil boomtown. Band members include Dave Barnes, Tenor I, string bass; Bob Jones, Tenor I and II, tenor guitar; Jay Grubb, Tenor II; Bob Fleming, baritone, banjo; Jim Woods, baritone; Tom Barnes, bass; and Tom Thawley, bass.
The Good For Nuthin String Band, featuring performers from northwest Pennsylvania and western New York, is the best old time string band. Featuring the mountain dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, cello, upright bass, and hammered dulcimer, the band plays a diverse blend of traditional American music.
Wildcatter Day at Pithole is sponsored by the John Nesbit Rees & Sarah Henne Rees Charitable Foundation.

Located off Route 8 south of Titusville, Drake Well Museum and Park is open year round. Summer/Fall hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. The Pithole Historic Site is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in June, July and August. These historic sites are administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with Friends of Drake Well, Inc. and are part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History® (www.PATrailsofHistory.com).

Additional information about Pithole 150 events and other museum programs is available at www.drakewell.org, by calling (814) 827-2797, or find us on Facebook at Drake Well Museum.

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