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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.
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This Month in History
Tuesday, April 06, 1773
First court was convened at Hanna's Town
Tuesday, April 13, 1915
The famous Rattlesnake flag was transferred today from the vaults of the Merchants' and Farmers' Bank in Greensburg to the State LIbrary, at Harrisburg, to take a place among the rare relics of American wars.
Sunday, April 14, 1912
Young Greensburg Woman Survives Titanic Disaster
Tuesday, April 20, 1852
Justice Richard Coulter dies in Greensburg
Featured Event
Hiking in Pennsylvania: The Laurel Highlands Trail
Now that Spring has finally arrived in western Pennsylvania, think about getting out and doing some hiking and exploring. On Tuesday, April 15, Mile Mumau, Park Operations Manager at Laurel Hill State Park will provide us with some valuable information about hiking, backpacking, and exploring on the trail that spans the Laurel Mountain.
Upcoming Events
Frolic in a Prohibition Speakeasy!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Opening Day at Historic Hanna's Town
Saturday, May 03, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Full Tea Served
Saturday, May 03, 2014
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Book Signing
Sunday, May 04, 2014
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Photo Galleries
Historic House Tour 2013
Historic House Tour 2012
Historic House Tour 2013 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
Industry
Coal Mine