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.

For information about the bus trip to Lancaster click here:
Bus Trip to Lancaster

For information on the Historic House Tour, click Historic House Tour

To buy tickets for the self-driving tour, click here 2018 Historic House Tour

To buy tickets for the Toast the Tour cocktail party, click here 2018 Historic House Tour "Toast the Tour" Tickets


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.



08/02/1772      Earliest Church Records in County - Harrold's Zion Lutheran Church

08/03/1773      First lawyer, Francis Dade, is admitted to Westmoreland County Bar.

08/05/1763      Battle of Bushy Run - a clash during Pontiac's War.  Col. Henry Bouquet led British forces to lift the siege of Fort Pitt.  Several allied Native American nations ambushed Bouquet's troops east of the Fort in hopes of repelling British and colonial advances into the frontier.  Day one of the battle went well for the Indians, and by the end of the day, the British resorted to building a flour sack fort to protect their wounded.

08/06/1763      Second day of the Battle of Bushy Run - Using the terrain to his tactical advantage, Bouquet turned the tide for a decisive British victory.

08/07/1742      Nathanael Greene born.  Greensburg was named for this Revolutionary War general.

08/10/1786      Second Westmoreland County Courthouse completed

08/24/1781      Lochry's Defeat.  Col. Archibald Lochry and his force of just over 100 men from Westmoreland County were defeated along the Ohio River by Native Americans. They were on their way to meet Gen. George Rogers Clark’s force to attack Fort Detroit in an effort to stop British-supported Indian raids. All Lochry’s men were either killed or captured.

08/31/1818      Arthur St. Clair died.  For additional information about Arthur St. Clair, see his birthday, 03/23.

08/31/1952      Last run of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road


For more information on dates in history: Today in History