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Star of the West Welcome to our website! Whether Westmoreland County is your home, your ancestors' home, or a place you would like to visit, let the Star guide you.

Star of the West was a title given to Westmoreland County by 18th century German pioneers who regarded it as a "stella" or star as they traveled from eastern Pennsylvania through this region and toward western territories. The 5-pointed star also represents the five counties that were carved from Westmoreland's original boundaries - Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland. This Star reflects our mission to provide a guide through history to a greater understanding of the present and a clearer path to the future.
This Month in History
Saturday, January 06, 1787
Hugh Henry Brackenridge Letter to the Gazette
Monday, January 06, 1777
Pennsylvania's 8th Regiment leaves to join Washington in New Jersey
Sunday, January 07, 1787
Court held in Greensburg for the first time.
Monday, January 10, 1887
Latrobe Electric Light Company incorporated. One of its founders was A.W. Mellon.
Tuesday, January 22, 1895
Westmoreland Hospital Association founded.
Saturday, January 30, 1897
Building of the present Courthouse (Westmoreland's fifth) authorized by the Court.
Friday, January 31, 1908
Present Courthouse dedicated.
Monday, January 28, 1963
Devastating fire at St.Vincent College in Latrobe
Thursday, January 06, 1774
Border dispute between Pennsylvania & Virginia escalates.
Featured Event
A wide variety of resources are available for family and Westmoreland County research WCHS Library Open
WCHS Library Open December 30 & 31
Upcoming Events
Thursday, January 29, 2015
No Events Scheduled
Photo Galleries
Historic House Tour 2013
Historic House Tour 2012
Historic House Tour 2014 Preview
Historic House Tour 2011
Toast the Tour Cocktail Party - September 23, 2011
Toast the Tour Cocktail Party - 2010
Made in Westmoreland - First in the Series
Historic House Tour 2010
Vandergrift, PA
Arnold, PA
Winter Frolic 2011: Celebrating Our Italian Heritage
Coal Mine