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Our Story2019-02-04T08:13:48+00:00

WELCOME

Whether you are in the area for business or pleasure, we want to make sure you feel welcome and relaxed in our home! Our simple and comfortably appointed rooms offer respite after a long day paddling the river, making big business decisions, biking the trails, “Festivalling”, or shopping at our fantastic downtown stores. We are pretty sure you’re going to love all there is to experience here in Venango County, and we are more than happy to help you make the most of your explorations. From our experienced river and trail guides, to our arts and entertainment connoisseurs, we can connect you with the people and resources who will make your stay memorable, and keep you coming back for more! And, we’re a friendly, open-hearted bunch around here. So bring the pups, or the kids, or both! We look forward to meeting you!
-Your hosts, Emily Aubele and Tammy Dulaney

Common Area: Living Room
Common Area: Living Room
Common Area: Living Room

OUR HOME

Located at 1322 Elk Street, the beautiful Colonial Revival / Arts and Crafts style home was built in 1867 by William A. Cooper. His wife, Henrietta Hoge Cooper, was the daughter of the Hon. Thomas Hoge. Mrs. Cooper was a founder of the Christian Science Church in this area and its first Reader. William Cooper was a wholesaler and grocer with his store located at the corner of West Park and Liberty. Mr. Cooper died in 1887, and Henrietta died in 1913.

The James Thompson Campbell family occupied this home for many years beginning in the mid 1880’s. The J.T. Campbell store was located on Liberty Street near 13th Street and had entrances on both streets. Mr. Campbell was born in 1845 in Butler, PA, the third child of James & Rebecca David Campbell. Learning the mercantile trade from his father who had a store in Butler, James T. came to Franklin and opened a dry goods store in 1872. He married Martha Elizabeth Stillman of Dunkirk, NY in 1880. She was a sister to the well-known Dr. G.B. Stillman of Franklin. Martha died in 1887 leaving two young children – James T., Jr. age 6 years and Bessie, 20 months. In 1890 Mr. Campbell married Elizabeth Bruce who died in 1947. Mr. J.T. Campbell died in 1931. (History Courtesy of Penny Minnick)  https://www.facebook.com/penny.haylettminnick/media_set?set=a.1138562976186369&type=3

From 1969 until September of 2018, the home housed the Wodzianski Engineering Firm. Olgieard “Al”  Wodzianski was the city engineer for over 50 years, and his wife, Anne managed the office. As the first and second floors were primarily office space, they occupied the third floor of the home until 2008, when they moved to Plummer, just down the road. Al continues to work on engineering projects from his home office in Plummer.

In September of 2018, we purchased the property and embarked on a whirlwind of updates and renovations. But as with any house, it is a work in progress, and we continue with updates and improvements.  We welcomed our first guests on December 20, 2018.

OUR LOCATION

Peddlers & Paddlers Inn
1322 Elk Street
Franklin, PA 16323

Peddlers & Paddlers is ideally located in the historic section of downtown Franklin, two blocks from the shops and restaurants on Liberty Street, and a two-minute walk from Fountain and Bandstand Parks, where a majority of the Franklin based festivals are held.  Franklin is a very walkable town, with lots to see and appreciate.

If you are looking for a perfect getaway weekend, we are less than a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, Erie, and Akron, and 3.5 hours from Altoona, Harrisburg, Cleveland, and Buffalo.  Franklin also offers a small airport with flights from limited areas. Check here for more info: https://flyfranklin.org/149/Airport

Parking is available on the property, and in a large public lot directly across the street from Peddlers & Paddlers.

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