Venango County


The mission of the employees of Venango County is to promote a spirit of cooperation and commitment by encouraging the active and informal partnership of Venango County residents in government thereby empowering citizens to shape a better community. 

We will strive to honor the past, serve the present, and touch the future.

About Venango County

Venango County is located in Western Pennsylvania, about halfway between Pittsburgh and Erie and less than 3 hours from these major cities, Akron, OH; Buffalo, NY; Cleveland, OH; Morgantown, WV; State College, PA; and Youngstown, OH, via interstate highways. The county encompasses 675 square miles of beautiful landscape and countryside, and includes the cities of Oil City and Franklin, 9 boroughs and 20 townships.

While Venango County is a great place to do business, it is also a great place to live and have fun!  With the low cost of living and family atmosphere, you are sure to find something that interests you, whether it be theatre, trails, golfing, water recreation, art or parks… Venango County has it all!

County Seat

The County seat is located in the City of Franklin at 1168 Liberty Street.  Venango County was established in 1800 and the historic courthouse was built in 1868 by Architect/Contractor- Samuel Sloan and Addison Hutton of Philadelphia, PA. The courthouse building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Venango County is rich in history and has played a pivotal role in United States history. There are many historical sites to visit in Venango County, but none has shaped the modern world more than the site of Drake Well.  On August 27, 1859, Edwin L Drake struck oil just outside of Titusville, PA and gave birth to a global oil industry. Visit local museums, Venango Museum and Drake Well Museum for great historical oil exhibits.