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Lantern Tour of the neighborhood

Enjoy a Lantern Tour of the historic neighborhood that surrounds the McMullen House.  See the houses of Ida Tarbell, John Fertig, John Mather, George Custer, and others.  Most of the houses date from the Oil Boom times of Titusville in the 1800s.  Lantern Tours are given year-round, weather permitting, and are included with your stay.  Those houses with a lantern are discussed on the Lantern Tour.

Caldwell House, c. 1870

The Caldwell House located at 310 E Main Street was owned and built by James H. Caldwell. It is an example of an Italianate Villa topped with a mansard roof more typical of the Second Empire style.

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Caldwell House on E Main Street in Titusville, PA

John Fertig House, c. 1872

The John Fertig House at 602 E Main Street is a large example of an Italianate Villa. The house is noted for its scrolling and large brackets.

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Fertig House on E Main Street in Titusville, PA

George Custer House, c. 1865

The George Custer House, built by George Custer, is suggestive of Italianate architecture.  Mr. Custer was a realtor and oilman during the Oil Boom period.

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George Custer House on E Main Street in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

John Mather House

John Mather, a noted Oil Region photographer, lived at this house in the late 1800s. The house is located just down the street from McMullen House at 407 E Main Street.

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John Mather House on E Main Street in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

McKinney Hall, c. 1870

McKinney Hall was built by John C. Bryan and then owned by a number of owners after 1872, including William McKinney the namesake. An example of Second Empire architecture with Italianate accents, it is now the administration building for the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.

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McKinney Hall on E Main Street in Titusville, PA.

William Sterrett House, c. 1871

The Sterrett House is located at 226 E Main Street and is an example of Second Empire style with French accents. William Sterrett manufactured oil equipment.

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Sterrett House on E Main Street in Titusville, PA.

Hyde House, c. 1864

The Hyde House was originally built by Isaac Canfield and purchased later by Charles Hyde.  It is an example of Italianate architecture and is now the home of the Titusville YWCA.

Hyde House on W Main Street in Titusville, PA.

Titusville City Hall, c. 1862

Titusville City Hall was originally built by Nelson Kingsland and is one of the few examples of Greek Revival architecture in Titusville.  Orginally the Bush House Hotel, it became Titusville City Hall in 1872.

Titusville City Hall on N Franklin Street in Titusville, Pa.

William T. Scheide House, c. 1884

The William T. Scheide House is an example of Queen Anne architecture with a slate roof.  The famous Scheide book collection started here and was continued by his son, John. The book collection that included an original Gutenberg Bible is now located at Princeton University.

William Scheide house on W Main Street in Titusville, Pa.

Isaac Shank House, c. 1906

The Issac Shank House is located at 118 W Main Street.  An example of the Colonial Revival style, this house was built by Issac Shank who was a merchant and lumberman in Titusville.

Isaac Shank house on W Main Street in Titusville, Pa.

Titusville First United Methodist Church, c. 1954

Titusville First United Methodist Church of Titusville, PA is located at 302 W Walnut Street. The current church was built when a previous wooden building was lost to fire.  The current church is an example of Gothic architecture.

First Methodist Church in Titusville, Pa.

First Baptist Church, c. 1865-1868

First Baptist Church of Titusville, PA is located at 220 N Perry Street. Like the Methodist Church across from it is an example of Gothic architecture. Unlike a lot of other Gothic structures, it is built of red brick.

First Baptist Church in Titusville, Pa.

Algrunix Building, c. 1894

The Algrunix Building located at 144 W Spring Street is an example of Gothic architecture with a distinctive onion top turret.  The name comes from the owners’ abbreviated last names.

Algrunix Building in Titusville, Pa.