Venango County, PA

Columbia Farm Cemetery

Cornplanter Township, Venango County, PA

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General Views of Cemetery 1 , 2

Columbia Farm Cemetery an original project by

Cheryl Hudson

with assistance from Dan Plows

General Views of Old Farm



     Columbia Farm Cemetery : Coordinates: 041? 30' 18.8" N 079? 40' 51.8" W

     From Oil City go north on Route 8 through Rouseville to Rynd Farm area at the end of the bridge. Turn right onto SR 1007 into Oil Creek State Park. Go about 1 8/10 mile and watch for an old road on the left with a closed gate. Park along the side of the road and walk up the old road. ( There is a second road in the same area, but take the first one) About 800' up the road is an old barn foundation and other abandoned structures. The cemetery is to the right of the barn foundation about 100 feet. As you walk around this area you will find numerous foundations for oil drilling equipment.

     Columbia Farm - Once a village composed principally of employees of the Columbia Oil Company.  Columbia Farm was a leader in a phenomenon known as the company town. Such a concept was being put into reality by the company in late 1861. By the end of 1862, homes for the workers and their families had created the beginning of a town. Stores were opened, post office, a school house and a church were built. A cemetery was located on the lip of ravine. Here was a well organized town which rose to 500 population.

     According to a map/info of the cemetery that I picked up at the Oil Creek Park office, there are 4 headstones, 14 field stones, and at least 1 sunken grave.  I counted 5 headstones, but one is separated from a base, and has the initials matching another headstone, so I'm guessing that it could actually be a very nice footstone.  

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McKalip, Harry C., (view 2 , 3), s/o J. H. & V. A., d. 01 Apr 1872, aged 1Y 7M, Farewell darling Harry, Farewell

Newcomer, Dora, (view 2 , 3), d/o J. & S., d. 07 Sep 1871, aged 1Y ?

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