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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
Tuesday, May 16, 1775
Hanna's Town Resolves
Friday, May 08, 1970
Westmoreland County Community College founded.
Friday, May 21, 1937
Eleanor Roosevelt Visited Norvelt
Saturday, May 30, 1925
G.A.R. Dedicates Monument
Featured Event
Route 119 North Detour between Greensburg & Historic Hanna's Town
Routes 119 and 819 run together through Greensburg until you get to the Sheetz. Go straight at Sheetz (Sheetz will be on your right.) to take Route 819 north about 3 miles. Turn right on Forbes Trail Road to get to Historic Hanna's Town.
Upcoming Events
Historic Hanna's Town Open
Saturday, May 23, 2015 to Monday, May 25, 2015
Rededication of the Westmoreland County Veterans Monument, 90 Years Later
Monday, May 25, 2015
1:00 PM
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