The public is invited to attend a free open house at the “Coal Oil Johnny House” this Sunday, July 12 from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. The home is located at 167 Old Bankson Road (inside Oil Creek State Park at Rynd Farm) in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism owns the historic structure, officially referred to as the “McClintock-Steele-Waitz” House. Constructed circa 1850, the “post and plank” home was originally inhabited by Sarah and Culbertson McClintock and their adopted children John and Permelia Steele. Sarah McClintock began to improve the property with wall coverings, carpets and furniture following the discovery of oil on the property in 1862. Two years later, the widow died from burns sustained in a fire, and 21-year-old John Steele became the sole owner of the house. With the income from oil wells on the property, he embarked on a two-year spending spree, and it was during this time that he acquired the nickname of “Coal Oil Johnny.”
In 2002, the “Coal Oil Johnny House” was moved 6/10 mile upstream to its current location at the Rynd Farm Station of the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad in Oil Creek State Park. It has been rehabilitated and is furnished with period-appropriate items.
For more information about the Open House, please contact Marilyn Black, VP of Heritage Development, at (814) 677-3152, ext. 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.