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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...

Frontier Court Days 2021

Huzzah! We had a successful Frontier Court Days this year. After being on hiatus last year, we were grateful to welcome the community back to Historic Hanna's Town for our signature event. Frontier Court Days pays tribute to Hanna's Town as the first seat of government for Westmoreland County and...

Master Gardeners Create Dye Garden at Historic Hanna’s Town

We are proud to share that the Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County have developed the new Dye Garden at Historic Hanna's Town!  The Master Gardeners, a group of volunteers who receive in-depth training in horticulture through Penn State Extension, developed this educational demonstration garden as a service project....

Opening Day at Historic Hanna’s Town

Huzzah! On May 1, Historic Hanna's Town opened for the 2021 season. We are so happy to welcome visitors back to discover the history of Westmoreland's first county seat. We hosted several guided tours of Historic Hanna's Town, which walk visitors through the development and significance of Hanna's Town, the...

Volunteers’ Hard Work Highlighted on Heritage Blog

Our volunteers make important contributions to preserving and sharing the history of Hanna's Town and Westmoreland County. Several of our volunteers have recently been featured on the blog for Westmoreland Heritage, which promotes historic sites and cultural organizations in Westmoreland County. Three of our volunteers were actively involved with reconstructing...