Fort Venango (Machault)

Franklin, Pennsylvania

Fort Venango originally named Fort Machault, was located at a strategic spot where French Creek enters the Allegheny River. It was a French fort used as a supply depot for Fort Duquesne. It was also the launching point for raids by mixed parties of French soldiers and Delaware and Shawnee warriors. The French burned down the fort when Fort Niagara fell to the British in 1759. The British then built a post called Fort Venango in 1760. The fort was wiped out during Pontiac’s Rebellion in May 1763. There is a marker in Franklin, Pennsylvania. Franklin is a quaint historical town on Washington’s Trail driving route. The Hoge-Osmer House, headquarters of the Society, is also a house museum. It was constructed in 1866 and is named for its original builder, Thomas Hoge, and for its long-time occupants, the Newton Osmer family. The house holds furnishings typical of both families. Within the house we have a Publication Room where we display our many historical and genealogical books for sale. Our Genealogical Research Library is located on the second floor of the house.

US 322
Franklin, Pennsylvania
(814) 437-2275

Hours of Operation

The House Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. from May through December. From January through April, open only on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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