About the Museum

The Pumping Jack Museum's mission is to collect, protect, and display the unique heritage of the town of Emlenton and the surrounding area. Our rich history is a convergence of early oil history and the heritage of the surrounding area. We want to honor all those who have gone before us that worked in the early western Pennsylvania oil fields, refineries, and on local farms.


A Quick History of the Emlenton Area
Industrial progress has a way of leaving a clean sweep in its wake. Sometimes it creates ghost towns, other times it expands over the ashes of its origins. Rarely does a small community retain many vestiges of its vital past, while still remaining alive and well - and small. Emlenton has been unique in the important part it played in early Oil&Gas - without ever really booming - or busting! It prospered because of its earlier days in the midst of lumbering, iron furnaces, and river traffic. A business-savvy generation of the late-1800s learned Oil&Gas first-hand. They soon saw ways to become involved in organizing a still-chaotic industry. Much of this could be done right out of their beloved little hometown. Emlenton today has preserved and displays much of its history, while remaining a picturesque and surprisingly vital little village.


Current Displays and Activities
The Museum is located in the Crawford Center – one of several activities in the former Crawford Memorial School Building. Our current displays include memorabilia from the early oil fields in western Pennsylvania and the Emlenton refinery. In addition, documents, and personal effects capture the local vitality of the community through its evolution. The displays provide insight into a typical American rural river community that had the pleasure of hosting some of the earliest formations of the oil industry, while yet maintaining an active farming community.

Four museum showcases in the hallway outside the museum hold changing exhibits. There also the Oil Region Alliance has established one of several Tourist Welcome Centers, which includes a comprehensive display of the Oil & Gas history of Venango County and particularly the southern part of the county and Emlenton.

On occasion historical talks and local films are presented at the Crawford Center.

The town streets and the river itself can be explored with the assistance of two local publications that are sold at the Museum. The Walking Tour Guide of the town of Emlenton provides a great way to see the town and learn about some of the personalities that were a vital part of it. The River Guide for Boaters provides information for outdoor activities along the Allegheny River.

Location and Hours

Our museum is located in the middle of Emlenton along the Allegheny River. It is housed in the Crawford Center on Hill Street. The exhibits are currently by appointment. Any of our staff would be happy to share our history with visitors.

Phone any of these numbers to arrange a tour:
724-867-2462 or
724-867-5591 or


We are located 10 minutes off I-80. Click here for directions.


The Museum would not be possible without numerous volunteers and donations. Additionally, the Pumping Jack Museum has been grateful for the grants and matching funds from the Phillips Trust and the Emlenton Civic Club.

Contact Us

The Pumping Jack Museum and Historical Association
P.O. Box 25
Emlenton, PA 16373
Office Phone: 724-867-0030
Email: pjmuseum@gmail.com


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