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.




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

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

08/05/1763      Battle of Bushy Run

08/06/1763      Second day of the Battle of Bushy Run

8/07/1742        Nathanael Greene was born.  Greensburg was named for this Revolutionary War general.

08/07/1882      Seton Hill College founded

08/10/1786      Second Westmoreland County Courthouse completed

08/20/1867      Donegal incorporated

08/24/1781      Lochry's Defeat

8/29/1904        Trafford incorporated

08/31/1818      Arthur St. Clair died

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



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