Northeast Venango County Historical Survey Initiated

Posted on 10/26/2009 8:58:00 AM

Several graduate students in the Anthropology Department’s M.A. in Applied Archaeology program will complete a survey of historic resources in northeast Venango County under the direction of Drs. Ben Ford and Beverly Chiarulli. The project’s kick-off public meeting was covered by the Titusville Herald.

Archaeological Services of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and its partner, America’s Stories, Inc., are conducting a survey of the historic resources in the municipalities of Allegheny, Oilcreek, and Pleasantville, Venanago County. The purpose of the project is to provide an inventory of historic properties to the Venango County Regional Planning Commission (VCRPC) and the host municipalities for consideration in future land use matters, zoning, subdivisions, and/or site-specific activity requiring permits or action by the municipality or VCRPC. The project will also update and expand the information regarding historic resources that is readily available to the host municipalities, VCRPC, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism (ORA), and property owners.

This historic resource information will include the initial purpose, current condition, and potential subsequent actions/designations needed to preserve key resources. The proposed survey will also identify resources that have the potential to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. The survey will be conducted in a timely and cost effective manner and will produce GIS maps, historic property survey forms, and reports that can be conveniently used by the project partners.