Westmoreland County Historical Society


Welcome to our website! Whether Westmoreland County is your home, your ancestors' home, or a place you would like to visit, let the Star guide you. 


For information on our programs, click on the calendar to your right.


Construction is underway for the

Westmoreland History Education Center at Historic Hanna's Town

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 Follow this link to donate now: Donations

This new facility will provide a permanent home for the WCHS and consolidate our services in one location.

Features include:

In the renovated 1910 Steel House:


The applications period for the part time education coordinator position closed July 11, 2018.

Star of the West was a title given to Westmoreland County by 18th century German pioneers who regarded it as a "stella" or star as they traveled from eastern Pennsylvania through this region and toward western territories. The 5-pointed star also represents the five counties that were carved from Westmoreland's original boundaries - Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland. This Star reflects our mission to provide a guide through history to a greater understanding of the present and a clearer path to the future.



July 3, 1754: George Washington capitulated at Fort Necessity

July 5, 1852: First railroad engine entered Westmoreland County

July 2-8, 1755: Braddock’s Army passed through present-day Westmoreland County on its way to take Fort Duquesne from the French.  His forces suffered a crushing defeat on July 9 and failed in their mission.

 July 13, 1782: Hanna’s Town was attacked and burned by Native Americans and their British allies.  

 July 15, 1917: 10th Infantry Regiment was called up for World War I

 July 26, 1794: Pittsburgh Philadelphia mail post rider was robbed near Greensburg by Whiskey Insurgents

 July 29, 1786: First newspaper west of the Alleghenies, the Pittsburgh Gazette, was printed.

 July 15, 1994: President Clinton speaks on Main Street in Greensburg


For more information on dates in history: Today in History