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CIVIL WAR WEEKEND at HISTORIC HANNA'S TOWN
featuring the Pennsylvania Reserve
Sat. August 19 & Sun. August 20
10 AM to 6 PM Saturday; 9 AM to 4 PM Sunday
Encampments, Demonstrations, & Reenactments
For additional information: Civil War Reenactment
Admission includes all activities.
$5 per person. Free for 5 & under.
Special this weekend: Scouts in uniform $4.
Archaeology Field School by Indiana University of PA
at Historic Hanna’s Town
July 17 – August 18
10 AM to 3 PM Monday - Saturday
Hanna's Town's history makes it a unique archaeological site revealing how people lived on the frontier during America's Revolutionary War.
The public is welcome to observe and ask questions.
We are currently accepting nominations for the Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - AUGUST
08/02/1772 Earliest Church Records in County - Harrold's Zion Lutheran Church
08/03/1773 First lawyer, Francis Dade, admitted to Westmoreland County Bar
08/05/1763 Battle of Bushy Run
08/06/1763 Second day of the Battle of Bushy Run
8/07/1742 Nathanael Greene was born. Greensburg was named for this Revolutionary War general
08/07/1882 Seton Hill College founded
08/10/1786 Second Westmoreland County Courthouse completed
08/24/1781 Lochry's Defeat
08/31/1818 Arthur St. Clair died
8/31/1952 Last run of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road
See Today in History for more information and other dates of particular interest to Westmoreland County.
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.