Westmoreland County Historical Society


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. 


For information on our programs, click on the calendar to your right.



Guided tours of Historic Hanna’s Town have ended for 2017, but wilMerge pic 2.jpgl 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. 

The Museum Shop is open

Three Centuries of Christmas in America is sold out.


Dinner Table only.jpgJIM SILVIS won the raffle for the

18th Century-style Dinner for 8 at the Tavern

at Historic Hanna's Town.

Congratulations to Jim & his guests.  Enjoy!




12/7/1949        Greensburg Coliseum destroyed by fire.

12/10/1785      Newtown, now Greensburg, was selected as the permanent county seat for Westmoreland County.

12/20/1785      The 1st person to be executed by court order west of the Allegheny Mtns was hung at Hanna’s Town. 

12/23/1823      "A Visit from St. Nicholas," more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” was published in the Troy (NY) Sentinel.  Clement Clarke Moore wrote the poem for his six children at Christmas in 1822, and someone submitted it anonymously to the newspaper the following year. Moore was not acknowledged as the author until 1844.  Much of what we know about St. Nicholas’s annual Christmas journey was popularized by this poem.  Although other publications had previously hinted at Santa’s habits, Moore’s poem provided details, especially about Santa's appearance and mode of transportation, and exposed the story to a broad audience. 

12/23/1908      The Westmoreland County Historical Society was founded. 

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.