Emlenton Historic District

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Emlenton Historic District
Sixth and Main in Emlenton.jpg
Main Street downtown
Emlenton Historic District is located in Pennsylvania
Emlenton Historic District
Emlenton Historic District is located in the US
Emlenton Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by Allegheny R., the borough limits, Kerr Ave., Hickory, and Center Sts., Emlenton, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 41°10′47″N 79°42′43″W / 41.17972°N 79.71194°W / 41.17972; -79.71194Coordinates: 41°10′47″N 79°42′43″W / 41.17972°N 79.71194°W / 41.17972; -79.71194
Area 180 acres (73 ha)
Built 1837
Architect Crosby, W. Holmes
Architectural style Italianate, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival
MPS Oil Industry Resources in Western Pennsylvania MPS
NRHP Reference # 97001256[1]
Added to NRHP November 10, 1997

Emlenton Historic District is a national historic district located at Emlenton, Venango County, Pennsylvania. The district includes 317 contributing buildings, 57 contributing structures, and 1 contributing object in the central business district and surrounding residential areas of Emlenton. It includes commercial, residential, industrial, and institutional buildings. They are in a variety of popular architectural styles including Italianate, Greek Revival, and Gothic Revival.

Notable buildings include the Valley House Hotel (1837), Quaker State Oil Refining Complex, Harry Crawford birthplace (c. 1860), Farmers National Bank Building (1904), Criswell-Bishop Building (c. 1920), Crawford Memorial School (1928), St. John's Reformed Church (1869), St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church (1886), Emlenton Presbyterian Church (1874), St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church (1870, 1930), and Emlenton Borough Building (1928). The contributing structures are mostly located at the Quaker State Oil Refining Complex and the contributing object is a World War I memorial.[2]

The Emlenton Mill (1874) was lost to fire on February 6, 2015. At the time of the fire it housed an ice cream shop, a hostel for cyclists on the Allegheny River Trail, and a small museum. Several nearby houses were also damaged. Emlenton, a town of 648, has been trying to remake itself into a tourist destination. [3][4]

The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes David L. Taylor (July 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Emlenton Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  3. ^ Guza, Megan (2015-02-08). "Fire destroys 140-year-old Emlenton Mill in Venango County". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review TribLive. Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  4. ^ Ove, Torsten (2015-02-07). "Major blaze takes down Emlenton's historic grist mill". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2015-02-08.