George Custer Home
George Custer was a dealer in oil and real estate. In 1869 he built this brick Italianate home, which was unusual in Titusville where lumber was plentiful and inexpensive. It remains one of the oldest brick residences still standing in town. More typical than the large mansions built by moneyed entrepreneurs, it represents an upper middle class style that became popular throughout the country during the 1860s and 1870s. The back section accommodated the servants' quarters.
Over time the Custer home has sheltered a variety of owners including a Civil War veteran, a lawyer, an oil producer, a lumberman, a doctor, and a hotelier.
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The original iron fence still surrounds the home. C. 1884
The original fireplace
One of the chandeliers in the home dates from 1839 and came from the estate of oil's first millionaire, Jonathan Watson. The chandelier hung for a number of years in the Colonel Drake Hotel.
Erected by Oil Region Alliance and City of Titusville.
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Location. 41° 37.705′ N, 79° 40.183′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Pennsylvania, in Crawford County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Drake Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 East Main Street, Titusville PA 16354, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ida M. Tarbell (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Tarbell House (about 500 feet away); John Mather Home (about 800 feet away); John A. Mather (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. James Episcopal Church, 1863 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hyde Home, 1864 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benson Memorial Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
Also see . . . Titusville (Oil Region Alliance). (Submitted on August 26, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.