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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
Wednesday, March 09, 1910
Westmoreland County Coal Strike of 1910-1911
Wednesday, March 28, 1781
Washington County created from part of Westmoreland County
Wednesday, March 30, 1803
Indiana County was formed from part of Westmoreland County and Lycoming County.
Tuesday, March 10, 1908
Congressman John H. Dent was born in Johnetta, PA.
Saturday, March 10, 1951
Diocese of Greensburg is erected
Tuesday, March 18, 1845
Johnny Appleseed (born John Chapman in 1774) died on March 18, 1845
Tuesday, March 17, 1936
The Great St. Patrick's Day Flood submerges the town of Livermore under 18 feet of water.
Friday, March 13, 1863
Duncan McCutchen of Co. E., Pa. Volunteers at Camp Humphrey, Falmouth VA, writes to his mother . . .
Featured Event
Cold War and Reconnaissance Program set for March 17
CANCELLED. WATCH FOR NEW DATE. David Assard will discuss world-wide reconnaissance, mostly by aircraft, and hot incidents during the Cold War, including his personal experience.
Upcoming Events
Remember When. . . hats and purses were required attire?
Saturday, April 11, 2015
11:00 AM to 2:00 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