Drake Day: Circus

Sunday, August 11, 2024

Join us at Drake Well Museum and Park in celebrating the 165th Anniversary of Edwin Drake's well striking oil on August 27, 1859! This year's Drake Day features the popular return of 19th century circus acts performed by Top Hat Sideshow at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. along with appearances by the Tree Family Party Piggies, entertainment by 40 Whacks Axe Throwing, and more. Various games and activities for the whole family will also be available throughout the day. Admission fees apply.

The Drake Well Marathon & Half

Sunday, August 18, 2024

7:00 a.m. Start

The ever-popular Drake Well Marathon & Half is back again for 2024! Participants will experience the beauty of historic Oil Creek and nearby Titusville as they run along shaded streets and creek banks. The community comes together for this event with amazing volunteers and friends to cheer along participants. All proceeds from the race benefit Friends of Drake Well, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based organization, which partners with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in the administration of Drake Well Museum and Park. Registration is now OPEN with early bird discounts! Click HERE for race details and to register!

3rd Annual Oil Boom Dinner

Thursday, September 5, 2024

5:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of delectable dishes made from authentic 19th century recipes! This event benefits Friends of Drake Well, Inc., in its mission to support Drake Well Museum and Park. More details coming soon.

Fall Gas Up

Saturday, September 14, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Visit Drake Well Museum and Park for its 40th Annual Fall Gas Up, sponsored by the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania, and experience the engines and equipment that powered Pennsylvania’s oil fields! Displays will include operating and stationary antique engines, farm and oil field equipment, tractors, models, and more. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for children ages 3-11; members of Friends of Drake Well are FREE. Entrance into the Drake Well Museum and its outdoor exhibits is included with admission; the museum will be open to visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Any collector is welcome and encouraged to bring engines and equipment to display at the event! Engines ranging in size from small Maytags used to power washing machines to large oilfield engines that pumped multiple wells will be displayed by exhibitors from across the tri-state area. Members of the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society, based in Saegertown, Pennsylvania, will also feature engines, tractors, and related equipment. Exhibitor registration will take place the day of the event, no pre-registration is required.

Historic Pithole City Lantern Tours

Saturday, October 5, 2024

6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Join us for the Historic Pithole City Lantern Tours and experience history as it comes to life! Visitors will walk the former streets of the legendary oil boomtown, meeting some of Pithole's most famous historical figures along the way. Tours depart every 10 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the last tour departing at 9:30 p.m. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, wear weather-appropriate clothing, and bring a flashlight. NOTE: the tours cover steep hills and semi-rugged terrain. Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking. Tours are walking only; golf carts and other vehicles are not provided.