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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, April 06, 1773
First court was convened at Hanna's Town
Tuesday, April 13, 1915
The famous Rattlesnake flag was transferred today from the vaults of the Merchants' and Farmers' Bank in Greensburg to the State LIbrary, at Harrisburg, to take a place among the rare relics of American wars.
Sunday, April 14, 1912
Young Greensburg Woman Survives Titanic Disaster
Tuesday, April 20, 1852
Justice Richard Coulter dies in Greensburg
Featured Event
Remember When . . . hats and purses were required attire?
Luncheon program at The Barn in Madison is set for Saturday, April 11 at 11 AM. Event is sold out! Call to be notified if places become available.
Upcoming Events
Remember When. . . hats and purses were required attire?
Saturday, April 11, 2015
11:00 AM to 2:00 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