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.


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We have a winner!  Just waiting to confirm acceptance. 

Win an 18th-century style dinner for 8 in the tavern

at Historic Hanna’s Town!  Catered by Chef Mark’s Palate. 

December 5 at 6 PM




Guided tours of Historic Hanna’s Town have ended for 2017, but wilMerge pic 2.jpgl resume on Saturday May 5, 2018.  In the meantime, Historic Hanna’s Town is a county park open from dawn to dusk throughout the year.  You are welcome to walk around the grounds and see the outside of the partially-recreated Revolutionary War period settlement. 

The Museum Shop is open

Three Centuries of Christmas in America is sold out.



Nov. 1, 1916: 10th Infantry Regiment was released from service in the Mexican Border War.

Nov. 5, 1768: Iroquois sign the Treaty of Fort Stanwix that sells land west of the Allegheny Mountains to the Penn Proprietors.  This “New Purchase” made settlement in future Westmoreland County legal for the first time.

Nov. 5, 1935: Greensburg voters defeat Sunday movie referendum that would have allowed movies to be shown on Sundays. 

Nov. 12, 1758: George Washington nearly killed by friendly fire incident in future Westmoreland County, near Ligonier.  He later wrote that his life was never in greater peril!

Nov. 20, 1922: A strike by boiler firemen leave the county courthouse and jail with no light or heat.

Nov. 24, 1950: Record-breaking snow fall begins with 31 inches falling over Thanksgiving weekend.

Nov. 27, 1813: Westmoreland Bank of Pennsylvania organized with $250,000 capital.

Nov. 28, 1873: The 10th Infantry Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard was organized.

Nov. 29, 1818: William Freame Johnston, third governor of Pennsylvania was born in Greensburg. He lived with his family in the Johnston House (Unity Township), built in 1815, now the home of the Lincoln Highway Experience.

Nov. 29, 1852: First railroad engine passed through Greensburg.

Nov. 29, 1980: Walworth plant closed.

Nov. 30, 1794: Federal troops jailed 20 Whiskey Insurgents from Southwestern Pennsylvania in Greensburg to await transport to Philadelphia for trial.

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.