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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.
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This Month in History
Wednesday, September 01, 1869
New Florence incorporated
Friday, September 02, 1791
Thomas Hamilton named first postmaster of Greensburg
Thursday, September 01, 1932
First Sears store in Westmoreland County opens in downtown Greensburg
Tuesday, September 02, 1958
Penn State opens the New Kensington Campus
Wednesday, September 03, 1794
Whiskey insurrectionists besiege Drum House in Greensburg
Thursday, September 26, 1968
Plans announced for new Chrysler plant near New Stanton
Friday, September 26, 1958
President Eisenhower seals the "Century Chain" at Fort Ligonier
Wednesday, September 24, 1788
Allegheny County formed out of part of Westmoreland County
Wednesday, September 23, 1812
Greensburg Rifle Company left to join William H. Harrison
Wednesday, September 23, 1789
Unity Township formed out of Mount Pleasant Township
Tuesday, September 19, 1786
"Newton" renamed "Greensburg," in honor of General Nathanael Greene
Thursday, September 18, 1969
Westmoreland County acquires Old Hanna's Town site
Thursday, September 11, 1794
Eighty whiskey insurgents from Greensburg and Hempfield Township granted amnesty
Thursday, September 18, 1969
Historic Hanna's Town acquired by Westmoreland County
Featured Event
Antiques Appraisal Day - Tuesday, October 7
It's worth what??? !!! Treasured family heirlooms or something found while cleaning the attic are brought to this very popular event. Our appraiser for the day is John Mickinak with over 30 years of experience as an antiques dealer and appraiser. His specialties are glassware, porecelain, metals, books and paper items, war memorabilia, art, costume jewelry, antique guns, and furniture.

Reservations highly suggested, but if you have to wait watching the other appraisals - our own version of 'Hidden Treasures' is both fun and educational.
Win a dinner for 8 in Hanna's Tavern at Historic Hanna's Town
Winning number to be taken from the official daily three digit PA Lottery drawn at 7 PM on October 31, 2014. If you win, choose your date and invite your friends to an historical dining experience!
Upcoming Events
Win Dinner for 8 in Hanna's Tavern
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 to Friday, October 31, 2014
Antique Appraisals
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
4:00 PM to 8:00 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
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Winter Frolic 2011: Celebrating Our Italian Heritage
Industry
Coal Mine