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Join us to celebrate ground breaking for the
Westmoreland History Education Center
at Historic Hanna's Town
JANUARY 28 AT 1 PM
A brief ceremony outside will be followed by an open house and refreshments in the Tavern and the Museum Shop!
Guided tours of Historic Hanna’s Town have ended for 2017, but will resume on Saturday May 5, 2018. In the meantime, Historic Hanna’s Town is a county park open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. You are welcome to walk around the grounds and see the outside of the partially-recreated Revolutionary War period settlement.
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 - JANUARY
Jan. 6, 1777: Pennsylvania’s 8th Regiment leaves Hanna's Town to join Gen. Washington in New Jersey
Jan. 7, 1787: Court held in Greensburg for the first time.
Jan. 10, 1887: Latrobe Electric Light Company was incorporated. One of its founders was A.W. Mellon.
Jan. 22, 1895: Westmoreland Hospital Association was founded.
Jan. 30, 1897: Building of the present Courthouse (Westmoreland’s fifth) was authorized by the Court
Jan. 31, 1908: Present Courthouse dedicated.