Warren County history

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Warren County has a beautifully rich history. Below you can find some brief information on important years in our history.  To the right of the timeline you will find all of the local museums and historical societies in Warren County. Thank you!


Founding of Warren County

Warren was founded by General William Irvine and Andrew Ellicott and named after Major General Joseph Warren.


Chief Cornplanter

Gaiant’wake, generally known as Cornplanter, was a Seneca war chief during the French and Indian War. In the latter, the Seneca and three other Iroquois nations were allied with the British. After the war, Cornplanter led negotiations with the United States and was signatory of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix (1784). He helped gain Iroquois neutrality during the Northwest Indian War. In postwar years, he worked to learn more about European-American ways and invited Quakers to establish schools in Seneca territory. Cornplanter had the schools closed due to the mistreatment of his people by the Americans.


David Beaty

David Beaty discovered oil in his wife’s flower garden. This new discovery became the new focus in Warren’s industry, which created a booming economy. Many of the Victorian homes built in Warren are the result of profits from the oil industry.


Murder in the Courtroom

Judge Allison Wade was the first judge to be shot and killed while sitting  on the bench in the United States. The culprit was Norman Moon, who refused to pay $30 a week in support to his wife.  You can purchase ‘Murder in the Courtroom’, a book about Norman Moon and Judge Wade, online or in certain stores.


Kinzua Dam

As a result of a major flood in Pittsburgh due to the Allegheny River, a dam was constructed on the Allegheny river. Construction of the dam forced relocation of 600 Seneca from their reservation. The Allegheny reservoir now serves as a place to camp, hike, fish, and kayak/canoe.

511 Market Street, Warren, PA 16365

Blair Store & Museum

210 4th Ave, Warren, PA 16365

Warren County Historical Society

Hours of Operation: 
Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

1626 RR 1, Russell, PA 16345

Elk Township Historical Society

Museum is open the 2nd Saturday of the month, may through october. 1 to 4 PM

Also open each election day, May and Nov.  10 AM to 7 PM


111 Simpler Times Ln, Tidioute, PA 16351

Simpler Times Museum


Hours of Operation:
Open by chance or appointment. 

51 Erie Ave, Irvine, PA 16329

Wilder Museum

May 15 thru October 6
Tuesday, Friday & Saturday from 1 to 5 PM
Please call to schedule your tour (814)723-1795

7159 Scandia Rd, Russell, PA 16345

The Shed Gift Shop & Museum


May  thru October 
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11am-5pm

Other days by chance or appointment. 



The Warren County Visitors Bureau will assume a leadership role to stimulate and support tourism and economic growth in Warren County, the Pennsylvania Wilds and Northwest Pennsylvania through education, promotion, marketing, and cooperative and regional partnerships to increase overnight stays.