Tidewater Winery, located in the historic Tidal School
building in Drumright, OK
The Story Behind the Name
Tidewater Oil Company (Tydol) was a major petroleum refining and
marketing company in the U.S. for more than 80 years, best known for its
Flying A-branded products and gas stations, and for Veedol motor oil,
which was known throughout the world.
Tidewater built a large refinery in Drumright which was the center of
the Tydol community. It was the needs of this growing community that
spawned the building of the historic Tidal School, now the Tidewater
Winery. This 8,000 sq. ft. building was built by John D. Rockefeller in
the 1920's during Drumright's oil boom, later acquired by J. Paul Getty,
and is listed on the national register of historic places.
When the Tydol refinery closed, many families from this Tydol community
moved. What remains of the refinery are a few buildings, foundations and
furnaces and the Getty office building that was closed in . The Tydol
community virtually disappeared with the exception of the Tidal School.
In the 1960s the community beside the school was called Tydol Camp. One
of the current owners of Tidewater Winery spent her teenage years living
in the "Camp" in a company house owned by Getty Oil. The more recently
abandoned Getty Oil Company office remains at the top of the hill and
some local families still live in what was called Tydol Camp just up the
hill from the school.
A wonderfully historic site to visit, Tidewater Winery, just a short
drive off Route 66 on Highway 16 just south of Drumright.
54560 West Highway 16
Drumright, OK 74030 Phone: (918) 352-4900
There's a new kid on the block in Oklahoma wine world! Tidewater
Winery, formerly known as Tidal School Vineyards, is back in the
business of providing Oklahomans with a California wine
experience right here in Oklahoma.