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.
HISTORIC HANNA'S TOWN OPEN FOR GUIDED TOURS ON MONDAY JULY 4 10 AM TO 4 PM
Celebrate America's birthday by visiting a Revolutionary War settlement in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Guided tours illustrate how Hanna's Town participated in important events before, during, and after the war that created the United States of America.
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - JUNE
6/3/1918 Seton Hill authorized to confer degrees.
6/6/1812 Greensburg Riflemen volunteered for service in War of 1812
6/15/1797 Laughlintown laid out by Robert Laughlin as “East Liberty”
6/26/1972 “Old Hanna’s Town” listed as a National Historic Site. Today the site is called Historic Hanna's Town.
6/28/1902 Monessen Daily Independent first published.
6/29/1940 Pennsylvania Turnpike completed.
See Today in History for more dates of particular interest to Westmoreland County.