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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, November 05, 1768
Treaty of Fort Stanwix signed
Monday, November 10, 1902
Youngwood incorporated.
Saturday, November 11, 1911
Export incorporated.
Monday, November 11, 1895
Arona incorporated.
Monday, November 14, 1864
Irwin incorporated.
Saturday, November 15, 1890
Southwest Greensburg incorporated.
Saturday, November 16, 1895
Arnold incorporated.
Monday, November 20, 1922
Boiler Firemen Strike
Friday, November 24, 1950
Record-breaking snow fall
Thursday, November 26, 1863
Bolivar incorporated.
Saturday, November 26, 1892
New Kensington incorporated.
Sunday, November 12, 1758
George Washington nearly killed by friendly fire incident in future Westmoreland County
Featured Event
Coffe is ground the 18th century way in Hanna's Tavern Three Centuries of Coffee & Chocolate in America
Historic Hanna’s Town will explore the growing popularity of coffee and chocolate in America from the 18th through the 20th centuries.
Upcoming Events
Entertainment Book Benefits WCHS
Friday, November 14, 2014 to Saturday, December 13, 2014
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