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. 



Sat. June 24 & Sun. June 25 10 AM to 5 PM

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Real 18th Century Court Trials

Living History Demonstrations

Militia Encampments

Drill & Firing Demonstrations

Live Music by Gallowglass

Colonial Kids Station

Kitchen Garden Talk

Admission - Adults: $7; Students $5; Children 5 & under: Free


For additional information: Frontier Court Reenactments




6/3/1918          Seton Hill College authorized to confer degrees.

06/06/1812      Greensburg Riflemen volunteered for service in War of 1812

06/15/1797      Laughlintown laid out by Robert Laughlin as “East Liberty”

06/26/1972      “Old Hanna’s Town” listed as a National Historic Site.  Today the site is called

Historic Hanna’s Town

06/28/1902      Monessen Daily Independent first published.

06/29/1940      Pennsylvania Turnpike completed


See Today in History for more information and other dates of particular interest to Westmoreland County.

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.