Opening Day at Historic Hanna’s Town

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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 day-to-day lives of residents and travelers, and the impact of events such as the writing of the Hanna’s Town Resolves in 1775 and the attack on Hanna’s Town in 1782. Visitors tour a number of log buildings, including the reconstructed Hanna’s Tavern, a textile exhibit in the Murry-Beacom House, the newly reconstructed Lefevre House, and the fort. Here, tour guide Eloise talks with visitors about Hanna’s Tavern.

Last year, blacksmith Rex Baughman converted one of the small log buildings at the historic site into a blacksmith shop. He offered demonstrations of blacksmithing techniques and the importance of this traditional craft in the 18th century.

Proctor’s Militia, I.B.W.C.P., a reenacting group representing the first militia of Westmoreland County, offered displays of 18th century life and demonstrations of military practices of the time.

The fort at Historic Hanna’s Town is home to a newly reconstructed storehouse, which was known to exist in the fort thanks to archaeological research. The storehouse was used to hold supplies in the event of an attack. Additionally, there is a new flagpole bearing the flag of Proctor’s Militia, created from a single tulip poplar trunk and placed in the location of the original flagpole at Hanna’s Town.

Read more about our opening day festivities in this article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Historic Hanna’s Town is open for guided tours weekends in May and Thursday-Sunday in June. Visit our “hours and information” page for the most up-to-date details about hours of operations.