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Publisher: Arcadia Pub
Publication Date: 2015
Book Condition: New
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On December 4, 1753, Gen. George Washington traveled to the
junction of the Allegheny River and French Creek during one of his military excursions. There, the settlement was called Venango but soon became known as Franklin. Established in the heart of the original oil country in the 1740s, Franklin is the seat of Venango County. Once referred to as “the Nursery of Great Men,” it boasts a rich history of industry and railroads. Franklin’s historic district, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, includes businesses that have been staples in the city for over 100 years, such as Feldman Jewelers and Anderson Furniture. Today, Franklin takes great pride in its history and heritage. Franklin’s annual Applefest, the largest craft festival in western Pennsylvania, honors the travels of Johnny Appleseed, who planted his trees throughout the town during his journeys, and the bridge that spans the confluence of the Allegheny and French Creek is still known as Washington Crossing.
Born and raised in Franklin, Sarah Ann Benton has been a working member of the community for most of her adult life as both a volunteer and a city employee. She has utilized several photograph collections of local residents, as well as some from her own family. Peter Greene is a Franklin resident and teacher whose books include Musical Service: The Life and Times of the Franklin Silver Cornet Band and Venangoland Tales.
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