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The Oil Region of Northwest Pennsylvania is known as “The Valley That Changed The World.” In 1859 Colonel Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville and a spark of excitement ignited development across the hillsides surrounding the Allegheny River. Today the Oil Region is home to Victorian architecture, museums, specialty shops, art galleries, breweries, restaurants, and a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities. A Bite of History food tours deliver exceptional immersive experiences through informative, entertaining, and delicious walking tours. If you enjoy walking, exploring, history, and/or eating then A Bite of History food tours are for you!


Meet the Guides

Valerie Perry Photo by Jack Robert Photo

A Bite of History Food Tours was created by Oil Region native Valerie Perry.

After graduating from Cranberry High School and Grove City College, Valerie spent 2 years traveling the United States, 4 years sailing around the world working on a cruise ship, and 6 years living in Washington, DC as an event host and producer for National Geographic. In 2019 she returned to the high seas as a cruise director. Valerie has combined her local knowledge with her extensive travel experience to create A Bite of History Food Tours right here in her own backyard to help locals and visitors discover the flavors and stories that this area has to offer.

Favorite Franklin Food: Soft Pretzel at Trails to Ales Brewery

Favorite Franklin Site: St John’s Episcopal Church

Favorite Franklin Festival: Franklin on Ice


Saxon Daugherty presents at FLEX Presents

Saxon Daugherty is also a graduate of Cranberry High School. After receiving his degree in Communications and Media Studies from Edinboro University, Saxon returned to the Oil Region where he spent several years working as a journalist for The Derrick & The News-Herald newspapers and a public relations specialist with Child Development Centers, Inc. He is currently the Safety Press Officer for PennDOT District 1 focusing on highway safety throughout a six-county region of Northwest Pennsylvania. He also is the Vice President/Secretary of FLEX, Venango County’s young professionals organization.

Favorite Franklin Food: Pizzas at Trails to Ales Brewery

Favorite Franklin Site: Venango County Courthouse

Favorite Franklin Festival: Applefest