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For information on the Historic House Tour, click Historic House Tour
Please note, the correct address for the Cote House is 230 Greenridge Road, Greensburg
(not Green Ridge)
You may buy tickets for the tour on Saturday, September 15 for $30 each at:
Construction is underway for the
Westmoreland History Education Center at Historic Hanna's Town
This new facility will provide a permanent home for the WCHS and consolidate our services in one location.
In the renovated 1910 Steel House:
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 - SEPTEMBER
09/1/1932 First Sears store in Westmoreland County opens in downtown Greensburg
09/02/1791 Thomas Hamilton named first postmaster of Greensburg
09/2/1958 Penn State opens the New Kensington Campus
09/03/1794 Whiskey insurrectionists besiege Drum House in Greensburg
09/11/1794 Eighty whiskey insurgents from Greensburg and Hempfield Township granted amnesty
09/18/1969 Historic Hanna's Town acquired by Westmoreland County
09/19/1786 "Newton" renamed "Greensburg," in honor of General Nathanael Greene
09/23/1812 Greensburg Rifle Company left to join William H. Harrison
09/24/1788 Allegheny County formed out of part of Westmoreland County
09/26/1958 President Eisenhower seals the "Century Chain" at Fort Ligonier
09/26/1968 Plans announced for new Chrysler plant near New Stanton
For more information on dates in history: Today in History