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.

Three Centuries of Christmas in America

December 5 & 12 at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. each day

Please make your reservations quickly by calling 724-532-1935 x210.  The 11:30 tour on December 5 and the 1 p.m. tour on December 12 are already full.  There are still openings at 1 p.m. on the 5th and 11:30 a.m. on the 12th.  Depending on interest, extra tours may be added, so we will keep a waiting list and call if additional times are available.

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Priscilla Richardson is the winner of the raffle for Dinner for Eight in Hanna's Tavern at Historic Hanna's Town.  This lovely dinner will be served amidst candle and hearth light. Caterer Chef Mark, of Chef Mark's Palate, will feature delicious 18th-century-style food that is still palatable to 21st century taste!  Congratulations to Priscilla and her seven lucky guests!