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. 

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.

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Special activities on opening day
begin the season at
Historic Hanna’s Town!


Opening Day at Historic Hanna's Town



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The First Antiques & Collectibles Sale

at Historic Hanna's Town

May 8th from 7:30 AM to 1 PM.

Buy mom a unique Mothers Day gift or bring her along to choose her own.

May Antiques & Collectibles Market



04/06/1773      First English court west of the Allegheny Mtns was convened at Hanna's Town 

4/13/1915        The famous Rattlesnake flag was transferred from the vaults of the Merchants' and Farmers' Bank in Greensburg to the State Library, at Harrisburg.  Sometimes called Proctor's Flag, it was made for the militia that was formed at Hanna's Town in 1775. 

4/14/1912        Young Greensburg Woman Survives Titanic Disaster 

04/20/1852      Justice Richard Coulter dies in Greensburg


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