During the pandemic I decided I wanted to shake things up. I had moved to Los Angeles from Indianapolis as a young man and had an epic adventure as an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, entrepreneur and teacher, but I was ready for a new chapter. I wanted to sell my house in LA and buy a property somewhere in the country that could become a destination venue like the Magic Castle in Hollywood, or Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, or the McKittrick Hotel in New York City, or the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. I wanted to build a business that was fun and unpredictable that possessed a little bit of magic... a place unlike any other... that would excite kids and intrigue adults. I looked at many different places across the country and found this mysterious mansion nestled in the woods overlooking the Allegheny River, just down the road from a charming small town. The mansion was historic, the woods were magical... and the possibilities seemed endless. I decided to sell my house and take a leap of faith. I found other dreamers willing to take the leap with me. Now we're ready to fly. - Jon Bernstein
Wildcat is located in scenic Northwest Pennsylvania at 4849 US-322, Franklin, PA. One and a half hours away from Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and an hour away from Erie and Youngstown. Wildcat is surrounded by the natural beauty of rivers and forests, with convenient access to trails, stores, shops and restaurants.
From its origins and ties to the local oil Industry to its many uses throughout its 122-year history, the mansion's story is filled with character and intrigue. Click below to learn more about its history.
Owner - Head Wildcatter
Immersive Theatre, Puzzles, and Mechanics Designer