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EDUCATION CENTER

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.

NOVEMBER-MARCH HOURS 

  • Open Thursday-Saturday  •  10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (library, exhibit, and shop open)
  • Closed Sunday-Wednesday 
  • The Library is closed the weekend after Thanksgiving (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). The Museum Shop and the Kendra Exhibit Gallery are open.

APRIL-MAY HOURS 
Thursday-Saturday •  
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday  •
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Library closed on Sundays
Monday-Wednesday • 
Closed to the public

 

JUNE-SEPTEMBER HOURS 
Wednesday-Saturday •10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Sunday  •  12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.           

Library closed on Sundays
Monday-Tuesday •  Closed to the public

Historic Hanna's Town is a Westmoreland County Park.

Grounds are open during the day, year-round, and subject to Westmoreland County Park Policies.

Learn more about Westmoreland County Parks.

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HISTORIC HANNA'S TOWN

Tours last about 1 hour and are offered as visitors arrive.

Please note: No tours started after 3:30 pm.

November-April
Off season  •  closed for guided tours.

May
Saturday • 10:30 am - 4:30 pm; 

Sunday   • 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Memorial Day • 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

June-August
Wednesday-Saturday  • 10:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 pm 

4th of July 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

September

Labor Day 10:30 am - 1:30 pm 

Friday-Saturday: 10:30 -4:30; Sunday: 12:30 - 4:30

October

Saturday: 10:30 - 4:30; Sunday 12:30 - 4:30

Advance tour registration for groups of 10+

Please call 724-836-1800 x210.

ADMISSION

This following includes tours of Historic Hanna's Town (May-October), access to the research library, and admission to the exhibit gallery:

Westmoreland Historical Society Members: FREE
Adults: $10
Students (through high school): $6
Seniors (65+): $8
Children 5 and under: FREE
Blue Star active military: FREE

Exhibit Gallery only: $5 for adults | FREE for students

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 (May - October)

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 and requires walking, so please plan accordingly. Some buildings require walking up steps.
    • Please call for additional information and possible accommodations.
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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.

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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.

Morning in Ohiopyle by Jim Meehan, Westmoreland Photographers Society.
Morning in Ohiopyle by Jim Meehan, Westmoreland Photographers Society.

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.

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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.
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