Westmoreland County Historical Society

Fall Family Day at Historic Hanna's Town

Fall Family Day at Historic Hanna's Town

The Westmoreland County Historical Society’s Fall Family Day at Historic Hanna’s Town will feature an encampment with John Proctor’s Independent Battalion Westmoreland County Pennsylvania.  Programs will feature 18th century life, including a military camp, and demonstrations of period fire-arms at the fort.   

Throughout the day:Proctors kneel.jpg

Guided tours of the site

Play 18th century toys and games

Make a fall craft

Sandwiches and snacks will be available for purchase



Scheduled events:

1:00  Cemetery Tour, visit Gallows Hill, & Curse of John Trotter reenactment.  Gather on porch of Klingensmith House.

2:00 Discussion & book signing by Thomas White, author of several books about folklore (latest is Haunted Roads)

3:00  Demonstration by Proctor's Militia.  Near Fort.

More information about the book signing:Haunted Roads of Western Pennsylvania

There are ghostly travelers who forever wander the lonely roads of Western Pennsylvania.  A creeping fog rises from Blue Mist Road, and stories of car crashes, lynchings, and even strange beasts haunt this isolated stretch outside Pittsburgh.  Is it the angry spirit of a jealous husband or a gypsy king who stalks Erie County’s Axe Murder Hollow?  Shades of Death Road in Washington County may be host to phantom coal miners killed during a deadly labor dispute.  Travel the backcountry roads and byways of Western Pennsylvania with author Thomas White to discover their ghost tales and mysterious legends.

Thomas White is the university archivist and curator of special collections in the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University. He is also an adjunct lecturer in Duquesne’s history department and an adjunct professor of history at La Roche College. 


Candlelight Tours at 6, 6:30, 7, and 7:30 PM.  A special tour featuring how the early Scots Irish settlers of Westmoreland regarded Halloween. This is not a ghost tour, but in the flickering candlelight, we may see shadows of things that once were, and hear echoes from the past. Refreshments served.  Reservations are recommended.  Call 724-532-1935 x213.  Fee is $5 per person; no discounts. 

As of October 26, the 6:30 and 7 PM tours are full.  There is still room at 7 and 7:30 PM.