MEADVILLE — In 1870, black men got the right to vote, the U.S. population was pegged at 38.6 million, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil Co. and the Meadville Market House opened for business.
Now, 150 years later, the Market House, 910 Market St., Meadville, remains at the center of the western Crawford County community, having been rescued from almost certain destruction most recently in the 1970s.
“It was almost torn down in the 1970s,” Sjolander said of the building. But the community rallied support. It was renovated in 1970 and, in 2004, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, looking for an outlet for local farmers’ goods, intervened. It put in place a three-year agreement in hopes of saving the building and helping the farmers who relied on the market space it provided and it actually worked.