Mystery Well 135

 
 

Come join us on the day before Father’s Day 2017 for the 134th anniversary of the great 1882 Oil Excitement in Cherry Grove, Pennsylvania. Shown here are images from past celebrations.


Located in southern Warren County, in the Pennsylvania Wilds, the hilltop settlement of Cherry Grove made national history in the Spring and Summer of 1882 when the Mystery Well on Lot # 646 ushered in a great oil boom. In a matter of months, hundreds of oil wells were drilled and a town sprang up in this isolated township in the hills.  Before the railroad could lay a new line to Cherry Grove, the boom went bust. Thousands of people moved on. Those who remained kept the memory of the Oil Excitement alive with reunions that became known as “Old Home Day”.


In 1982, a group of Old Home Day regulars volunteered to build a replica of the historic 646 Mystery Well. That spring and summer, the volunteers completed a life-size 1882-style oil derrick and shanty in time for the Centennial celebration. In preparation for the 125th anniversary in 2007, volunteers came together once again to rebuild the Replica of the 646 Mystery Well. The volunteers worked with the township supervisors to secure grants and bring in a work crew from the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.


This annual event is open to the public.  Anyone who is interested in Warren County history, oil field history, or Cherry Grove Township, is encouraged to participate to keep the history alive.


Marilyn Black, of the Petroleum History Institute and the Oil Region Alliance, will deliver our event’s keynote presentation on the importance of the 1882 Cherry Grove Oil Excitement at 1 p.m. in the Cherry Grove Fire Hall.


Here is a list of the day’s activities:


  1. Tours of Replica and Tank Bottom, 9 a.m. to Noon

  2. Horse-drawn Trolley Rides, Noon to 3 p.m.

  3. Presentation on 1882 Oil Boom, 1 p.m. SHARP!

  4. Bus tour/hike to actual Mystery Well, Noon to 4 p.m.

  5. Jam Band, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


There will also be a concession stand for food and drink.


If you have any questions, please contact Ed Atwood, Treasurer for the Cherry Grove Old Home and Community Day via e-mail or by calling him at (814) 726 - 2774. You can also contact the local tourism office if you want to look up travel and lodging information.


Details on the location and planned activities for the 2017 event are posted to this web-site and to our Facebook page as they become available.


-- text prepared by Walt Atwood, organizer and publicist

Cherry Grove Old Home and Community Day

 

Remembering the 1882 Oil Excitement and the legacy of Cherry Grove,
Pennsylvania



“646 Mystery Well”

135th anniversary


“The Well that changed the world!”


Saturday, June 17, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Cherry Grove Fire Hall

6045 Cherry Grove Road  (SR 2001)

Clarendon, Pennsylvania 16313