Westmoreland County Historical Society - Westmoreland County Pennsylvania

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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.
Today in History
Wednesday, September 23, 1812
Greensburg Rifle Company left to join William H. Harrison
Wednesday, September 23, 1789
Unity Township formed out of Mount Pleasant Township
Featured Event
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
Antique Appraisals
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
4:00 PM to 8:00 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