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.
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.
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - JUNE
6/3/1918 Seton Hill authorized to confer degrees.
6/6/1812 Greensburg Riflemen volunteered for service in War of 1812
6/15/1797 Laughlintown laid out by Robert Laughlin as “East Liberty”
6/26/1972 “Old Hanna’s Town” listed as a National Historic Site. Today the site is called Historic Hanna's Town.
6/28/1902 Monessen Daily Independent first published.
6/29/1940 Pennsylvania Turnpike completed.
See Today in History for more dates of particular interest to Westmoreland County.