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 on the Historic House Tour, click Historic House Tour

Please note, the correct address for the Cote House is 230 Greenridge Road, Greensburg

(not Green Ridge)

You may buy tickets for the tour on Saturday, September 15 for $30 each at:

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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:


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.



09/1/1932        First Sears store in Westmoreland County opens in downtown Greensburg

09/02/1791      Thomas Hamilton named first postmaster of Greensburg

09/2/1958        Penn State opens the New Kensington Campus

09/03/1794      Whiskey insurrectionists besiege Drum House in Greensburg

09/11/1794      Eighty whiskey insurgents from Greensburg and Hempfield Township granted amnesty

09/18/1969      Historic Hanna's Town acquired by Westmoreland County

09/19/1786      "Newton" renamed "Greensburg," in honor of General Nathanael Greene

09/23/1812      Greensburg Rifle Company left to join William H. Harrison

09/24/1788      Allegheny County formed out of part of Westmoreland County

09/26/1958      President Eisenhower seals the "Century Chain" at Fort Ligonier

09/26/1968      Plans announced for new Chrysler plant near New Stanton

For more information on dates in history: Today in History