Oil Region National Heritage Area | The Valley that Changed the World


What to do

There is always so much to do in each of our communities. We recommend you check their calendars and Facebook pages (on the links below) for upcoming events on specific dates. For an overview of activities in the Oil Region, please check out our Festivals & Events.


Venango County

Oil City



Oil Region Tourism Awards

2021 Nominees & Winners


Best Dish


Dill Pickle Pizza from Trails to Ales, Franklin

Trail Boss Burger from Trails to Ales, Franklin

Fried Shrimp Taco from Taco Shack, Oil City

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich from Curbside StrEAT Co., Titusville

Smashburger from Curbside StrEAT Co., Titusville

Pecan Crusted Chicken from Bella Cucina, Franklin

Wild Mushroom Pizza from Trails to Ales, Franklin

Shrueben Sandwich from Trails to Ales, Franklin

Italian Sub from Villa Italia Restaurant, Oil City

Fettucine Alfredo from Leonard’s, Franklin

Flat Iron Steak from Fat Chad’s, Titusville

Eggplant Parmesan from Maria’s, Titusville

Rise & Shine Breakfast from Sam’s Restaurant, Titusville

Chicken Parmesan Sub from Bud’s Pizza, Oil City

Winner: Italian Sub from Villa Italia Restaurant, Oil City


Best Drink


Iced Latte from Karma Coffee Company, Oil City

Holiday Cookie IPA from Scierka’s Tavern, Oil City

Razzmanian Devil from Trails to Ales, Franklin

Smoked Old Fashioned at Trails to Ales, Franklin

Peanut Butter Milkshake from Villa Restaurant, Oil City

Coffee from Sam’s Restaurant, Titusville

Winner: Peanut Butter Milkshake from Villa Restaurant, Oil City


Best Guest Room


Caboose Motel, Titusville

The Crawford Suite at the Barnard House B&B, Emlenton

Peddlers & Paddlers Inn, Franklin

Winner: Caboose Motel, Titusville


Best Shop


Stonehouse Jack, Titusville

Core Goods, Oil City

Olive Vault, Franklin

Cali Rae’s Haute Spot, Franklin

The Printer’s Cabinet and Curiosities, Franklin

Something Clever, Franklin

Liberty Street Antiques, Franklin

Amy’s Closet, Emlenton

Crisman’s Little Britches, Franklin

Titusville Market Square, Titusville

Cross & Co. Boutique, Seneca

Winner: Cross & Co. Boutique, Seneca


Best Advocate


Ashley Zaccari Smith

Diane Harrison

Leah Carter

Kim Harris

Winner: Ashley Zaccari Smith


Best Industry Partner


Be Here (Program of the Venango Chamber)

Friends of the Railroad

Oil City Main Street Program

Winner: Be Here 


Best Must Do Activity


Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad

A Bite of History Food Tours, Franklin

Barnard House B&B, Emlenton

BridgeFest — Oil City Festival in August

Tiffany Window Tours at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Franklin

DeBence Antique Music World, Franklin

Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry, Oil City

Kayaking with O.A.R.S., Franklin

Unlock the Adventure Escape Experience, Titusville

Oil Creek State Park

Drake Well Museum & Park

Bike Trails, throughout the Region

Oil Valley Film Festival, Oil City

Winner: Bike Trails


Best Landmark


Drake Well Museum and Park, Titusville

Driller Monument at Woodlawn Cemetery, Titusville

Belmar Bridge on the Allegheny River

Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Monuments near the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin

Venango County Courthouse courtrooms 1, 2, and 3 with Deac Mong murals (Riding into Fort Machault, Looking over Franklin, and Drake Well)

Freedom Falls, Kennerdell

Kennerdell Overlook, Kennerdell

Murray Scenic Overlook, Oil City

National Transit Building, Oil City

Heisman Monument, Titusville

Winner: Drake Well Museum and Park, Titusville 


2022 Nominations & Voting

Nominations were open late August to early September. Winners from 2021 were not eligible to be nominated for 2022. Voting opened Tuesday, September 6 and closes Friday, September 16. Winners will be announced the following week.

Here are the 2022 Nominees:

Best Dish
Pecan Crusted Chicken at Bella Cucina in Franklin
BBQ Bacon Burger at Dawndi’s in Franklin
Liberty Street Burger at Trails to Ales in Franklin
Kale Salad at Iron Furnace in Franklin
Brisket & Gouda sandwich at The Well in Titusville
Smashburger at Curbside StrEAT Co. in the Mercantile in Titusville


Best Drink
Shaved Ice from Sprinklez in the Mercantile in Titusville and Seneca
Boba Drink from Sprinklez in the Mercantile in Titusville and Seneca
Brokenspoke Blueberry Beer at Trails to Ales in Franklin
Thai Iced Tea from Homegrown Kitchen in Franklin
Vanilla Iced Latte at Iron Furnace in Franklin


Best Room
The Witherup House in Franklin
Peddler and Paddlers Inn, Franklin
Haggerty Hollow, an airBnB outside of Franklin
Cottage and Farm House at Two Mile Run County Park


Best Shop
The Printer’s Cabinet in Franklin
Franklin Clothing Exchange
Amy’s Closet and Sassy’s Gifts
Core Goods in Oil City
Cali Rae’s Haute Spot in Franklin
Stonehouse Jack in Titusville

Best Industry Advocate
Ashley (Cowels) Sheffer
Ronnie Beith
Maureen James
Wendy Thompson
Luke Kauffman
Chris Fiely
Kim Harris
JC Caton

Best Industry Partner/Organization
The Venango Chamber of Commerce in Oil City
Franklin Retail Association
Oil Region Library Association
Titusville Iron Works

Best Must Do Activity or Attraction
Historic Pithole City
The Venango Museum
Seneca Lanes
Titusville Iron Works
Franklin’s Light Up Night
Two Mile Run County Park
Oil Creek & Ttitusville Railroad
Tattoo from Austin Ink
The Escape Room in Titusville
Ax Throwing at Allegheny River Retreat Center, Franklin
Farm to Fork Event Sponsored by Titusville Renaissance at Drake Well Train Depot


Best Landmark
The War Memorials at the Venango County Courthouse Parks in Franklin
Barrow Civic Theater, Franklin
Morrison Park, Seneca
Pipeline Alley, Oil City
Two Mile Run County Park
The Driller Monument in Woodlawn Cemetery in Titusville
Wildcat Mansion
Allegheny River Retreat Center in Franklin


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