Message from the Westmoreland Historical Society

The Westmoreland History Education Center and Historic Hanna's Town are open with adjusted hours.

Education Center: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sundays 12:30 – 4:30. Includes the research library, museum shop, and exhibit gallery.

Historic Hanna's Town is currently open for guided tours Fridays-Sundays. Learn more here. We are closed Labor Day 2020.

Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for reservations and pre-pay admissions for the library and guided tours by phone (724-836-1800 x210)

Please visit our COVID-19 Procedures page for all details.

Explore Revolutionary War history at Historic Hanna's Town

Guided tours explore life on the western frontier during the Revolutionary War and the roots of American justice at Historic Hanna’s Town. Founded in 1773, Hanna’s Town acted as the first Seat of Westmoreland County and hosted the first English courts west of the Allegheny Mountains. The town was a destination for settlers of western Pennsylvania and an oasis for travelers along the Forbes Road. Now a county park and home of the new Westmoreland History Education Center, Hanna’s Town invites you to be a witness to history!

Visit our Online Shop!

Browse a variety of carefully-selected, history inspired gifts and keepsakes, including books, issues of our Westmoreland History magazine, home decor, children's activity books, puzzles, and more. Recently updated to include spring and Easter gifts.

We are accepting and processing online orders while our in-person shop is temporarily closed.

Genealogy & Research

Trying to track down the whereabouts of a long-lost ancestor? Looking to decipher an old photograph or letter? Want to know about life in Westmoreland County decades or centuries ago? Discover your family roots at our library! We have reference books, genealogical records, and original documents of local interest waiting for you to investigate.

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Pandemic 2020: Help Preserve History as it Happens

The Westmoreland Historical Society is teaming up with the Saint Vincent College Department of History to create a digital archive documenting the COVID-19 experiences of people in the Westmoreland County area.

Read stories, explore images, and browse a variety of material collected and contributed by the Westmoreland County community. Learn more at https://pandemic2020svc.omeka.net/ and in a news release here.

Some events previously advertised have been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.

Check out our currently scheduled events.

05nov5:30 pmVirtual Historic House Tour5:30 pm

07nov11:30 am1:30 pmVirtual Tea11:30 am - 1:30 pm

29nov12:30 pm4:30 pmMuseum Store Sunday12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Westmoreland History Education Center

Our Mission

The Westmoreland Historical Society is an educational organization dedicated to acquiring and managing resources related to the history of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and using these resources to encourage a diverse audience to make connections to the past, develop an understanding of the present, and provide direction for the future.

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We can be reached by email or phone during regular office hours.