A staple of the community built by early titans of Titusville, the bank building at 127 West Spring Street, founded as the Titusville Trust Company, opened its doors 100 years ago this Monday, August 12. A magnificent example of architecture and design, the Titusville Trust Company building, now Farmers National Bank, hearkens back to an era of wealth and opulence in the Oil Region. It even harbors a few secrets in its basement, once bustling with activity and life.
The year is 1985. It's a summer evening in Titusville, Pennsylvania and you are dancing the night away under the light flares of the disco ball while the DJ plays "Raspberry Beret", "We Built this City", and other chart-toppers that please the crowd. The building you are in houses a great deal of history tracing all the way back to the oil boom era and in a mere thirteen years will no longer exist. Where are you? Welcome to the Colonel Drake Hotel.
When the City of Titusville bought the home at 732 East Main Street in June 2018, the controversy was immediate. Regardless of one's feelings about the purchase of the property or the plans for its future, few likely know the full extent of the home's history, its previous residents, and its place in Titusville's past.