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Win a Dinner for 8 at Historic Hanna’s Town

Win a dinner for 8 at Historic Hanna's Town! An authentic 1700s-style dinner will be served on Tuesday, December 14, at 7 p.m., catered by Chef Bosco (Major Stokes). Dine by candlelight in a log house at Historic Hanna's Town, accompanied by a warm fire and the presence of your...

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...

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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...

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...

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....

Hanna’s Town Featured in New Documentary

We are thrilled a new documentary about the lead-up to the American Revolution in western Pennsylvania has debuted on WQED Pittsburgh. Out of the Woods: Battlefields of Western Pennsylvania explores key moments in the French and Indian War that set the stage for the American Revolution. Many scenes were filmed at...

Lefevre House Reconstruction Videos

While the last year presented many challenges for us all, we had moments to celebrate at the Westmoreland Historical Society, too. One successful project was the relocation and reconstruction of the Lefevre House to Historic Hanna's Town. Originally located in the Jeannette area, the house dates to the late 18th...

“Christmas Memories” exhibit now open!

Step into the season with our newest exhibit, "Christmas Memories: 1939-1950." This special exhibition presents objects and vignettes that will bring back fond memories of Christmases from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. Enjoy vintage Christmas decorations, ornaments, toys, a holiday kitchen scene, a mantel with vintage stockings and cards, and...

Call for Contributors to Westmoreland History Magazine

Submissions are open for our magazine, Westmoreland History, the premier publication for sharing the history of Westmoreland County. We are seeking articles for all aspects of Westmoreland County's history, from pre-European settlement through the later part of the 20th century. Articles should contain well researched and documented material, source citations,...