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Fall and Halloween Happenings at Historic Hanna’s Town

As fall arrives at Historic Hanna's Town, we are planning our annual fall and Halloween programs to get you in the autumnal spirit. Join us for historical demonstrations, reenactments, and family-friendly activities during daylight hours on Fall Family Day, or wait until nightfall to explore history by candlelight on a...

Eagle Scout Project Extends Trail at Historic Hanna’s Town

Over the last year and a half, we have worked closely with Scout Troop 405 to facilitate conservation and recreation focused Eagle Scout projects at Historic Hanna's Town. Caring for the natural environment and expanding outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors fall under our mission of preserving and interpreting the historic...

A Message About Facebook Page Being Down

Hello everyone, we wanted to let you know that our Facebook page is down and we are investigating solutions. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this challenge. Please check back to our website frequently for updates. Visit our Events and Programs page to learn about...

September 11 Anniversary Observance

On Saturday, September 11, we remembered the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a special observance. Westmoreland Historical Society staff, board members, and volunteers, members of the public, and members of Proctor's Militia, I.B.W.C.P., gathered at the Fort at Historic Hanna's Town for a small ceremony. Captain of...

Westmoreland Land Trust Hosts Birdwatching Program at Historic Hanna’s Town

Thank you to the Westmoreland Land Trust and educator Paula Purnell for a great birdwatching class at Historic Hanna's Town! Paula's "Be a Better Birder" family-friendly program introduced participants to the skills and resources needed to improve their birdwatching skills. Participants learned about bird characteristics, types of feathers, identification techniques, and birding...

Civil War Encampment & Reenactment 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the biannual Civil War Encampment and Reenactment! We had a weekend with perfect weather and many exciting and educational activities. Special Thanks Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Westmoreland County Public Works Department, Westmoreland Historical Society Board of Directors, Westmoreland Historical Society volunteers, Bob Sidley...

Summer Camp at Historic Hanna’s Town

We had a great week of summer camp this year! Summer camps at Historic Hanna's Town explore early American history, archaeology, art, and natural science through hands-on activities, living history demonstrations, crafts, games, and more. Check back soon for 2022 summer camp dates and information! If you have any questions,...

Penn’s Woods: Plenty for the Use of Man exhibit

Penn’s Woods: Plenty for the Use of Man highlights the local and regional history of woodworking and carpentry. While promoting his new colony, William Penn proclaimed the forests had “plenty for the use of man.” From the forests emerged building techniques, tools, trades, and crafts that helped make Westmoreland County what...

Independence Day at Historic Hanna’s Town

Independence Day can be a time to reflect upon the history and legacy of the Declaration of Independence, as well as its roots in documents like the Hanna's Town Resolves.   On May 16, 1775, citizens of Westmoreland County signed the Hanna’s Town Resolves, protesting the injustices of British Parliament...