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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
Sunday, August 02, 1772
Earliest Church Records in County - Harrold's Zion Lutheran Church
Tuesday, August 03, 1773
First lawyer, Francis Dade admitted to Westmoreland County Bar
Friday, August 05, 1763
Battle of Bushy Run
Saturday, August 06, 1763
Second day of the Battle of Bushy Run
Monday, August 07, 1882
Seton Hill College founded
Thursday, August 10, 1786
Second Westmoreland County Courthouse completed
Tuesday, August 20, 1867
Donegal incorporated
Monday, August 29, 1904
Trafford incorporated
Monday, August 31, 1818
Arthur St. Clair died
Sunday, August 31, 1952
Last run of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road
Friday, August 24, 1781
Lochry's Defeat
Featured Event
IUP student sifts for artifacts at Historic Hanna's Town Free Guided Tours & Hands-On Archaeology at Hanna's Town August 7, 2015
Free tours offered 10 AM - 4 PM in honor of Gen. Nathanael Greene, for whom Westmoreland's county seat is named. Also Family Friday Archaeology (1-3 PM) visits the IUP field school and sifts for artifacts.
Upcoming Events
IUP Archaeology Field School
Monday, August 03, 2015 to Saturday, August 08, 2015
Free Guided Tours & Hands-On Archaeology
Friday, August 07, 2015
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Antiques and Collectibles Market
Sunday, August 09, 2015
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
IUP Archaeology Field School
Monday, August 10, 2015 to Saturday, August 15, 2015
Volunteers Picnic
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
6:00 PM
Golf Tournament
Friday, September 11, 2015
11:00 AM
Antiques and Collectibles Market
Sunday, September 13, 2015
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Toast the Tour Cocktail Party
Friday, September 18, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Historic House Tour 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cold War Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Antiques and Collectibles Market
Sunday, October 11, 2015
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards Dinner
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6:00 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
Industry
Coal Mine