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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.
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.
 
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. Touch for map. Located near Cherry Springs State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Coudersport PA 16915, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jersey Shore Pike (approx. 9.9 miles away); Lymansville (approx. 11.4 miles away); David Zeisberger (approx. 12.8 miles away); Potter County (approx. 12.9 miles away); a different marker also named David Zeisberger (approx. 12.9 miles away); Allegheny River (approx. 13.7 miles away); a different marker also named David Zeisberger (approx. 13.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Ole Bull. A Wikipedia article giving a biography of Ole Bull and information
Ole Bull's Colony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, May 24, 2013
2. Ole Bull's Colony Marker
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.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Ole Bull lithographic portrait with violin image. Click for full size.
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.
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.
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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 46 times this year. 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. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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