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Near Coudersport in Potter County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ole Bull's Colony

 
 
Ole Bull's Colony Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, May 24, 2013
1. Ole Bull's Colony Marker
Inscription.  The 11,144 acres of land within the tract acquired by the noted Norwegian violinist in 1852 were southeast of here. Here were village sites, New Norway, Oleona, New Bergen, Walhalla, and Ole Bull's Castle.
 
Erected by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
 
Location. 41° 39.657′ N, 77° 49.31′ W. Marker is near Coudersport, Pennsylvania, in Potter County. Marker is on Coudersport-Jersey Shore Highway (Pennsylvania Route 44) east of West Branch Road, on the right when traveling east. Located near Cherry Springs State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coudersport PA 16915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. CCC Chestnut Cabin (approx. 8.2 miles away); Jersey Shore Pike (approx. 9.9 miles away); Ole Bornemann Bull (approx. 10.3 miles away); Built From The Forest
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(approx. 10˝ miles away); Historic Galeton (approx. 10˝ miles away); Lymansville (approx. 11.4 miles away); David Zeisberger (approx. 12.8 miles away); Headwaters Country (approx. 12.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coudersport.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Ole Bull
 
Also see . . .
1. Ole Bull. A Wikipedia article giving a biography of Ole Bull and information on the colony. (Submitted on January 26, 2011.) 

2. Ole Bull at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on May 6, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Ole Bull's Colony - Behind the Marker. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
4. MarkerQuest - Ole Bull's Colony. Additional information about Ole Bull and his short-lived colony. (Submitted on January 2, 2020, by Laura Klotz of Northampton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Ole Bull's Colony Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, May 24, 2013
2. Ole Bull's Colony Marker
Ole Bull lithographic portrait with violin image. Click for full size.
Photographed By L. Losting lithograph, April 23, 2006
3. Ole Bull lithographic portrait with violin
Lithography by L. Losting based on original painting by Fritz Jensen, printed in Paris by Lemercier. Original found at The National Library of Norway, digital reproduction by their picture collection.
The last cabin standing from the Oleana Colony image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, circa 1900
4. The last cabin standing from the Oleana Colony
After a year of severe hardships, the majority of Norwegians who settled in Ole Bull's Potter County colony disbanded and moved away, many of them west to join other Norwegian immigrants in Michigan and Wisconsin. Courtesy of Potter County Historical Society
The Oleana Hotel, Potter County, PA image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, 1918
5. The Oleana Hotel, Potter County, PA
One of the first structures built by Norwegian settlers at Oleana, this three-story hotel and adjacent dining hall served as the community's center of activities. In 1856, long after the majority of settlers left the colony, John Henry Andresen purchased the hotel. Andresen ran the hotel until 1880 when his adopted son Willard took over. Andresen later opened a grist mill and two saw mills, and ran the post office. Courtesy of Potter County Historical Society
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 902 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on October 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on December 30, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on May 27, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on January 29, 2011.   4, 5. submitted on July 28, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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