Winter Academy

January & February 2024

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Combat the Winter Blues with this FREE virtual class that will help you discover more about the oil industry and region. Registration required.

Pithole Cabin Fever Party

February 3, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tired of being cooped up in the house? Escape to Historic Pithole City and shake off your winter blues with crafts, games and fun. Donations welcome. Historic Pithole City is located at 14118 Pithole Road, Pleasantville, PA 16341.

Pennsylvania's Birthday

March 10, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Pennsylvania’s 343rd Birthday! Drake Well Museum and Park will be offering FREE admission to all visitors.

Wisdom & Wine

Thursday Evenings in March 2024

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

Spend the evening sampling some of the best wine our region has to offer while enjoying a presentation. $10 admission includes a lecture, wine samples, and appetizers. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Oil Creek 5 & 13 Stacked Trail Races

May 18, 2024

7:00 a.m. start for 5-mile race; 8:30 a.m. start for 13-mile race

The 3rd Annual Oil Creek 5 & 13 Stacked Trail Races feature a 5-mile race and 13-mile race utilizing paths and trails around the Drake Well Museum, including the Gerard Hiking Trail in Oil Creek State Park. The races feature an exciting twist: the “Stacked Challenge.” Race start times are staged 90 minutes apart with the 5-mile race starting first bright and early at 7 AM followed by the 13-mile race at 8:30 AM. This allows the option for participants to run one or both races, competing for the fastest “stacked” finish time. There is a strict 90-minute cutoff for those attempting both race distances! Finisher’s awards for each race distance are awarded as well as awards for the Stacked Challenge. Check back on this page in January 2024 for registration links and more info!

Wildcatter Day at Pithole

June 29, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Come explore Pennsylvania's legendary oil boomtown! Visitors will enjoy guided tours, living history and more.

Discovery Day Camp

July 11, 18 or 25, 2024

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join Drake Well Museum and Park for our fun-filled day camp. Children ages 8-12 can participate in this day long, hands-on program and learn about the Oil Region’s rich history and environment. Registration required.

Drake Well Marathon & 1/2

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. The date of the race will be announced as soon as possible; registration will open in late winter/early spring 2024. Check back on this page for updates!

Drake Day: Circus

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!

Fall Gas Up

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.