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.
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:
The Museum Shop at Historic Hanna's Town is open on Saturdays in November & December when the site is hosting programs. The Shop opens a half hour before the first program of the day and closes at 4 PM. This allows attendees to shop before and/or after the program.
November 10 & 17: 11 AM to 4 PM
Open Museum Store Sunday - November 25: 1to 4 PM
December 1 & 8: 10:30 to 4 PM
Hanna's Town's Museum Shop features a selection of 18th century reproductions and items relevant to our programs, including holiday gifts, books, toys & games, home décor, edibles, and cards and stationary.
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 - NOVEMBER
11/05/1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix signed. This treaty opened up southwestern Pennsylvania to settlement and paved the way to the formation of Westmoreland County in 1773.
11/12/1758 George Washington nearly killed by friendly fire incident in future Westmoreland County
11/20/1922 Boiler Firemen strike leaving the county courthouse and jail with no light or heat.
11/24/1950 Record-breaking snowfall with 31 inches falling over Thanksgiving weekend.
11/29/1980 Walworth plant closed.
For more information on dates in history: Today in History