Plan a Visit
HOURS OF OPERATION
Come explore the history of Westmoreland County at the Westmoreland History Education Center! Enjoy our research library, exhibit gallery, and museum shop.
Thursday-Saturday • 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday • 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. (library closed)
Monday-Wednesday • Closed
HISTORIC HANNA'S TOWN
Saturday • tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Sunday • tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday • tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Sunday • tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Advance registration for tours recommended, particularly for groups of 10+. Please call 724-836-1800 x210.
Off season • closed for guided tours.
This following includes tours of Historic Hanna's Town, access to the research library, and admission to the exhibit gallery:
Westmoreland Historical Society Members: FREE
Students (through high school): $6
Seniors (65+): $6
AAA Members: $6
Children 5 and under: FREE
Blue Star active military: FREE
Exhibit Gallery only:
Free for WHS members and Blue Star active military
$5 for adults, free for 18 and under
MAKE A DAY OF IT!
A short drive down the road and into the past.
When you spend a day at Hanna’s Town, you’ll travel through time and Westmoreland County’s eventful history. Take a guided tour of a reconstructed Revolutionary War-era fort, explore a frontier tavern, and see an authentic Conestoga Wagon.
Visit the region’s newest education center dedicated to local history. Discover local history at our programs and events, see a range of exciting exhibits, and dig into a library where you can trace your family history.
Bring home a piece of the past at our new gift shop, which features books on American and local history, toys and picture books for the kids, handmade crafts including Redware Pottery, jewelry, home decor, and so much more.
Guided Tours of Historic Hanna’s Town
Discover the history of Hanna's Town on a guided tour. Learn about the town's unique role as the first seat of government for Westmoreland County and life on the Pennsylvania frontier during the American Revolution.
- Admissions is located in the shop of the Education Center.
- Each tour is approximately 60 to 90 minutes and led by a trained guide.
- A significant portion of the tour takes place outdoors, so please plan accordingly.
Space is limited and reservations requested in advance to reserve your spot. Please call 724-836-1800 x210 to book your tour!
Genealogy and Regional History Library
The Calvin E. Pollins Memorial Library is the premier resource for studying the history of Westmoreland County. Our non-circulating library includes over 5,000 historical reference books, genealogical records, and original documents of local interest.
The library is currently open Thursdays - Saturdays.
Exhibit in the Kendra Gallery
Penn's Woods: Plenty for the Use of Man
Our latest exhibit highlights the 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 it is today. Explore this history through historic woodworking tools, furnishings, photographs, documents, and stories across centuries.
Photography Exhibit in Education Center Hall
Seeing the Forest and the Trees
The Education Center hall features a photography exhibit by the Westmoreland Photographers Society that highlights the beauty and richness of Pennsylvania trees and forests. This exhibit complements with the Penn's Woods exhibit, drawing from the idea of trees being Pennsylvania’s first and most abundant natural resource, and remaining an important part of the landscape today.
Westmoreland History Shop
The Westmoreland History Shop offers a variety of carefully-selected, history-inspired gifts and keepsakes. Open during regular hours.
Browse books from local, regional, and national authors and publishers including the History Press and Arcadia Publishing. Find educational, vintage-style toys, games, and books for children. Enjoy collections of historically reproduced dishware, handmade jewelry, home decor, candles, teas, jams, and baking mixes. Merchandise changes with the seasons and various programs we offer throughout the year.
Gardens and Grounds
Visit our grounds dawn to dusk and explore a variety of fascinating historical and natural points interest at Historic Hanna's Town.
- Read about the history of Hanna's Town on interpretive waysides located in front of Hanna's Tavern and the Fort.
- Enjoy our pollinator gardens along Forbes Trail Road and in the area between the Education Center and historic village.
- Walk along a trail through meadow and woodland areas developed by three Eagle Scouts to help restore native plants to our property.
- See what's growing in our 18th century kitchen garden behind Hanna's Tavern.