Site Overview

Discover the Birthplace of the Modern Petroleum Industry


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Drake Well Museum and Park chronicles the birth and development of the petroleum industry in Pennsylvania as well as its growth into a global enterprise.

The museum's 240-acre site features a board-for-board replica of Edwin L. Drake’s engine house built around the National Historic Landmark well, operating oil field machinery, 12,000 square feet of interior exhibits and the largest artifact and archival collection focused on the birth of the modern petroleum industry.  Drake Well Museum and Park also boasts two satellite heritage sites, Historic Pithole City (Pennsylvania's legendary oil boomtown) and McClintock Well #1.

In addition to engaging and experiential indoor/outdoor learning environments, our three historic sites offer an abundance of year-round recreational opportunities.  Come enjoy paved bike trails, delayed harvest fly fishing in Oil Creek, modern picnic facilities, hiking trails, a neighboring 9,000-acre state park and more.

Our Mission

Drake Well Museum and Park, Historic Pithole City and McClintock Well #1 educate the public about the oil and natural gas industries in Pennsylvania, demonstrating the relevance of petroleum in their lives.

Our Interpretive Priorities

  • Drake Well as the birthplace of the world's modern petroleum industry
  • The petroleum industry's development in Pennsylvania and subsequent growth into a global enterprise
  • Scientific and technological innovation
  • Petroleum's global impact, both positive and negative