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. 

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.



Pollinators in the Park: Finding Beauty in a Healthy Habitat

FREE Family Friday at Historic Hanna's Town

July 29 1 to 3 PM

Pollinators in the Park




 07/03/1754      George Washington capitulated at Fort Necessity.

 7/5/1912          Collision on the Ligonier Valley Railroad near Ligonier, PA.

 07/13/1782      Hanna's Town attacked and burned by Seneca Indians and their British allies.

 7/15/1917        10th Infantry Regiment called up for World War I.

 7/15/1994        President Clinton speaks on Main Street in Greensburg.

 07/26/1794      Pittsburgh-Philadelphia mail post rider was robbed near Greensburg

 by Whiskey Insurgents.

 07/29/1786      First newspaper west of the Alleghenies, the Pittsburgh Gazette, was printed.


 See Today in History for more dates of particular interest to Westmoreland County.