Visit Pennsylvania’s First Route 6 Heritage Community
Home of the Bucktails
Smethport features some of Pennsylvania’s finest Victorian Homes built by the lumber Barons during the 1800s.
Enjoy an inspiring self guided historic walking tour through the Mansion District of this quaint village. Download the Smethport Mansion District Walking Tour Brochure
Take a stroll around Hamlin Lake. For over 180 years this lake has been a local cultural and recreational center. Originally built as a mill pond to provide water power to drive the economy, the lake has always provided a festive location for variety of social activities.
Explore the history of the Bucktails
The Bucktails is the popular name of the 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry, also known as the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves.
This famous Civil War regiment of “sharp shooters” began life in front of the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport on April 24, 1861. Their name comes from the history of the new recruits attaching the tails of deer to their hats.
Visit the Old Jail House Museum to view artifacts and learn more about this interesting segment of American history. The Jail House is rated by Pennsylvania Pursuits Magazine as the 6th most haunted place in Pennsylvania.
Smethport is also the birthplace of Wooly Willy, America’s first magnetic toy, which is still manufactured here and enjoyed by children worldwide.
Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 84
Smethport PA 16749