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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
Friday, October 01, 1773
Westmoreland County's first election
Tuesday, October 03, 1876
Madison incorporated
Monday, October 03, 1955
First combined issue of Tribune-Review
Monday, October 07, 1918
Greensburg suffers its first death from the great flu epidemic.
Saturday, October 09, 1813
County-wide celebration and light-up night held for Perry's victory on Lake Erie.
Tuesday, October 09, 1934
First running of Rolling Rock Steeplechase Races
Tuesday, October 24, 1854
Cornerstone for Westmoreland County's fourth courthouse was laid.
Friday, October 14, 1644
William Penn Born
Featured Event
Apple roasting Fall Family Day at Historic Hanna's Town on Saturday, October 25
Come meet members of the Proctor's Militia who will be encamped in the fort, roast some apples over an open fire; take a cemetery walk, learn how to play colonial games,and make a yarn baby.
Win a dinner for 8 in Hanna's Tavern at Historic Hanna's Town
Winning number to be taken from the official daily three digit PA Lottery drawn at 7 PM on October 31, 2014. If you win, choose your date and invite your friends to an historical dining experience!
Upcoming Events
Win Dinner for 8 in Hanna's Tavern
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 to Friday, October 31, 2014
Fall Family Day at Historic Hanna's Town
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards Dinner
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Alvin Carey: A Westmoreland County Hero
Thursday, November 06, 2014
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Candlelight Open House
Thursday, November 13, 2014
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Colonial Teas
Saturday, November 15, 2014
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Coffee in America
Saturday, November 22, 2014
11:30 AM to 3:30 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