Westmoreland County Historical Society


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.

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Frontier Court Reenactments


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Colonial Camp

at Historic Hanna's Town

June 13 - 17 from 10 AM to 4 PM

for children 7-11 (Reservations required.)

 Colonial Camp at Historic Hanna's Town 



5/8/1970          Westmoreland County Community College founded.

05/16/1775      Hanna's Town Resolves Adopted.  People gathered to discuss their response to the British firing on its citizens at Lexington and Concord the previous month.  They reached a consensus that proclaimed their willingness to fight to protect their rights. However, they acknowledged King George as their rightful sovereign and stopped short of promoting independence.

5/21/1937        Eleanor Roosevelt Visited Norvelt

5/30/1925        G.A.R. Dedicates Monument  Shortly after the Civil War, the Grand Army of the Republic started a campaign to raise funds to dedicate a monument to Civil War Veterans.  The monument was finally dedicated on Memorial Day in 1925.  It now stands in Courthouse Square in Greensburg and honors all veterans. 


 See Today in History for more dates of particular interest to Westmoreland County.