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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
Sunday, August 02, 1772
Earliest Church Records in County - Harrold's Zion Lutheran Church
Tuesday, August 03, 1773
First lawyer, Francis Dade admitted to Westmoreland County Bar
Friday, August 05, 1763
Battle of Bushy Run
Saturday, August 06, 1763
Second day of the Battle of Bushy Run
Monday, August 07, 1882
Seton Hill College founded
Thursday, August 10, 1786
Second Westmoreland County Courthouse completed
Tuesday, August 20, 1867
Donegal incorporated
Monday, August 29, 1904
Trafford incorporated
Monday, August 31, 1818
Arthur St. Clair died
Sunday, August 31, 1952
Last run of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road
Friday, August 24, 1781
Lochry's Defeat
Featured Event
Bakobil's in Ligonier on the 2010 tour Join us on Thursday evening, August 28th to see views of homes that have been on our 7 years of Historic House Tours
Photos and histories of the homes on our 7 years of Historic House Tours will be featured in this program to be presented at 7 p.m. in the Pollins Library at our headquarters on Sand Hill Road.
Upcoming Events
Opening Doors to Westmoreland County's History
Thursday, August 28, 2014
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Golf Tournament
Friday, September 05, 2014
11:30 AM
Antiques and Collectibles Market
Sunday, September 14, 2014
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Toast the Tour Cocktail Party
Friday, September 19, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Historic House Tour
Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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
Vandergrift, PA
Arnold, PA
Winter Frolic 2011: Celebrating Our Italian Heritage
Coal Mine