Westmoreland Historical Society & Historic Hanna's Town

Westmoreland Historical Society & Historic Hanna's Town Nonprofit dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Based at Historic Hanna's Town, the first county seat of Westmoreland.
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The Westmoreland County Historical Society, the official historical society for the county, is an educational organization that manages historical resources in order to educate a large and diverse audience about the more than 225 year history of Westmoreland County in ways that offer people connections to the past, an understanding of the present, and guidance for the future. Founded in 1908, the Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. The Society maintains a 700,000 item archival collection; the 5000-volume Calvin E. Pollins Memorial Library for local history and genealogical research; a 3,500 item curatorial collection; administers Historic Hanna's Town and manages over one-million artifacts from Hanna's Town archaeological site.

The Westmoreland County Historical Society, the official historical society for the county, is an educational organization that manages historical resources in order to educate a large and diverse audience about the more than 225 year history of Westmoreland County in ways that offer people connections to the past, an understanding of the present, and guidance for the future. Founded in 1908, the Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. The Society maintains a 700,000 item archival collection; the 5000-volume Calvin E. Pollins Memorial Library for local history and genealogical research; a 3,500 item curatorial collection; administers Historic Hanna's Town and manages over one-million artifacts from Hanna's Town archaeological site.

Operating as usual

Huzzah! We had a wonderful opening weekend at Historic Hanna's Town. Special thanks to our tour guides, shop volunteers,...
05/10/2021
Historic Hanna's Town reopens, shows off its revolutionary style

Huzzah! We had a wonderful opening weekend at Historic Hanna's Town. Special thanks to our tour guides, shop volunteers, blacksmith, and Proctor's Militia for attending, and to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for featuring our festivities.

Read more: https://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2021/05/10/Historic-Hannas-Town-Greensburg-PA-LeFevre-House/stories/202105100001

Plan your visit to Historic Hanna's Town: https://westmorelandhistory.org/visit

Much like the early settlers of Hanna’s Town in 1769, the Westmoreland Historical Society had to adapt to unexpected conditions last year...

05/09/2021

The Antiques and Collectibles Market today has been closed due to inclement weather. Thank you for your understanding and stay warm and dry today! 🌧

THIS WEEKEND: The Antiques and Collectibles Market begins this  Sunday and continues on the second Sunday of the month f...
05/05/2021

THIS WEEKEND: The Antiques and Collectibles Market begins this Sunday and continues on the second Sunday of the month from May to October. Browse for antiques, folk art, historical crafts, reproductions, and collectibles and support local history preservation.

For 2021, the dates of Antiques and Collectibles are May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, and October 10.

This event will be held rain or shine. Sorry, no pets are permitted.
Admission is $3 per car.

Learn more here: https://westmorelandhistory.org/events/antiques-collectibles-2021

THIS WEEKEND: The Antiques and Collectibles Market begins this Sunday and continues on the second Sunday of the month from May to October. Browse for antiques, folk art, historical crafts, reproductions, and collectibles and support local history preservation.

For 2021, the dates of Antiques and Collectibles are May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, and October 10.

This event will be held rain or shine. Sorry, no pets are permitted.
Admission is $3 per car.

Learn more here: https://westmorelandhistory.org/events/antiques-collectibles-2021

Thank you, Megan Tomasic and Triblive, for such immediate notice.  It was a great program!  Any ideas of what we could "...
05/02/2021
Remembering Westmoreland County's glassmaking history

Thank you, Megan Tomasic and Triblive, for such immediate notice. It was a great program! Any ideas of what we could "remember" for next year's program!

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/remembering-westmoreland-countys-glassmaking-history/

Glass pieces varying in color and style were spread out across a table at the Greensburg Country Club on Sunday afternoon, offering a quick peak into the history of Grapeville’s former Westmoreland Glass factory, which shuttered in 1984 after almost 100 years in business. The pieces were on di...

Huzzah! Historic Hanna's Town opens for guided tours this weekend. Join us for our Opening Day celebration on Saturday, ...
04/29/2021

Huzzah! Historic Hanna's Town opens for guided tours this weekend. Join us for our Opening Day celebration on Saturday, May 1, from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy living history displays and demonstrations by Proctor's Militia, I.B.W.C.P., which represents the first county militia of Westmoreland established in 1775.

Guided tours of Historic Hanna's Town are available on the hour, the first one leaving at 11 a.m. and last one leaving at 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended to reserve your spot. Please call 724-836-1800 x210.

Learn more about Opening Day: https://westmorelandhistory.org/events/opening-day-at-historic-hannas-town

Following Opening Day, Historic Hanna's Town will be open weekends in May. Please visit our website for our most up-to-date hours of operation: https://westmorelandhistory.org/visit

Huzzah! Historic Hanna's Town opens for guided tours this weekend. Join us for our Opening Day celebration on Saturday, May 1, from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy living history displays and demonstrations by Proctor's Militia, I.B.W.C.P., which represents the first county militia of Westmoreland established in 1775.

Guided tours of Historic Hanna's Town are available on the hour, the first one leaving at 11 a.m. and last one leaving at 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended to reserve your spot. Please call 724-836-1800 x210.

Learn more about Opening Day: https://westmorelandhistory.org/events/opening-day-at-historic-hannas-town

Following Opening Day, Historic Hanna's Town will be open weekends in May. Please visit our website for our most up-to-date hours of operation: https://westmorelandhistory.org/visit

ONE WEEK AWAY: Our annual Remember When program returns on Sunday, May 2, at the Greensburg Country Club. This year's pr...
04/25/2021

ONE WEEK AWAY: Our annual Remember When program returns on Sunday, May 2, at the Greensburg Country Club. This year's program focuses on the rich history of glass in Westmoreland County.

Areas in Westmoreland County, like Jeannette, were ideal for glassmaking because of an abundance of natural gas, a supply of pure spring water, and proximity to the railroad. Glassware produced in Westmoreland County has remained classically stylish and collectible even decades after production.

Enjoy an engaging presentation by Alan Wells, glass collector and former president of the Westmoreland Glass Club, along with special displays, a raffle, and fun giveaways. The event is $35 and includes the brunch menu.

Please call the Westmoreland Historical Society at 724-836-1800 x210 to reserve your spot by April 26. We hope to see you there!

ONE WEEK AWAY: Our annual Remember When program returns on Sunday, May 2, at the Greensburg Country Club. This year's program focuses on the rich history of glass in Westmoreland County.

Areas in Westmoreland County, like Jeannette, were ideal for glassmaking because of an abundance of natural gas, a supply of pure spring water, and proximity to the railroad. Glassware produced in Westmoreland County has remained classically stylish and collectible even decades after production.

Enjoy an engaging presentation by Alan Wells, glass collector and former president of the Westmoreland Glass Club, along with special displays, a raffle, and fun giveaways. The event is $35 and includes the brunch menu.

Please call the Westmoreland Historical Society at 724-836-1800 x210 to reserve your spot by April 26. We hope to see you there!

Happy Earth Day! 🌎 We are proud to preserve the land and history of Hanna's Town in partnership with Westmoreland County...
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day! 🌎 We are proud to preserve the land and history of Hanna's Town in partnership with Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation. How can you enjoy nature at Historic Hanna's Town?

🍃 Walk our grounds any day of the year

🍁 Visit at different seasons to see how the landscape changes

🌼 Look for plants, insects, and birds in our pollinator gardens in the summer and early fall

🦉 Bring your binoculars and observe dozens of bird species, documented here in eBird: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L12303561

🌳 Document and discover the biodiversity of Historic Hanna's Town in iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/biodiversity-of-historic-hanna-s-town

🇺🇸 Take a guided tour of Historic Hanna's Town and learn how people used nature for food, textiles, and home construction in the 18th century: https://westmorelandhistory.org/visit

Happy Earth Day! 🌎 We are proud to preserve the land and history of Hanna's Town in partnership with Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation. How can you enjoy nature at Historic Hanna's Town?

🍃 Walk our grounds any day of the year

🍁 Visit at different seasons to see how the landscape changes

🌼 Look for plants, insects, and birds in our pollinator gardens in the summer and early fall

🦉 Bring your binoculars and observe dozens of bird species, documented here in eBird: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L12303561

🌳 Document and discover the biodiversity of Historic Hanna's Town in iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/biodiversity-of-historic-hanna-s-town

🇺🇸 Take a guided tour of Historic Hanna's Town and learn how people used nature for food, textiles, and home construction in the 18th century: https://westmorelandhistory.org/visit

We have lots of history happenings at the Westmoreland Historical Society!⭐️ Saturday, May 1: Opening Day at Histoirc Ha...
04/21/2021
Here's what's happening at Historic Hanna's Town

We have lots of history happenings at the Westmoreland Historical Society!

⭐️ Saturday, May 1: Opening Day at Histoirc Hanna's Town. Join us for guided tours, living history displays and demonstrations, and sales in the museum shop. Regular guided tours of Historic Hanna's Town will be offered weekends in May.

⭐️ Sunday, May 2: Remember When program at the Greensburg Country Club featuring the history of Westmoreland glass.

⭐️ Antiques and Collectibles will begin Sunday, May 9, and also take place on June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10.

Please call 724-836-1800 x210 to reserve your spot for a guided tour or the Rememeber When program. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Learn more: https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/heres-whats-happening-at-historic-hannas-town/

See our full list of events and programs: https://westmorelandhistory.org/events-and-programs

Historic Hanna’s Town opens to the public May 1, offering guided tours, a new walking path and a look into recently reconstructed and renovated log buildings. The Westmoreland Historical Society, which maintains the Revolutionary War-era site with Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation, also...

Historic Hanna's Town is proud to open for the 2021 season on Saturday, May 1. Join us for special Opening Day festiviti...
04/20/2021

Historic Hanna's Town is proud to open for the 2021 season on Saturday, May 1. Join us for special Opening Day festivities from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

⭐️ Take a guided tour of Historic Hanna's Town.
⭐️ See our newly reconstructed or renovated log buildings, including the Lefevre House, Storehouse, and Blacksmith Shop.
⭐️ Enjoy living history displays and demonstrations by Proctor's Militia, I.B.W.C.P.
⭐️ Opening Day sales in the Westmoreland History Shop. Westmoreland Historical Society members will receive 20% off their purchase and non-members will receive 10%.

Reservations are recommended for guided tours, as space is limited. Please call 724-836-1800 x210 to reserve your spot.

Following Opening Day, Historic Hanna's Town will be open for guided tours weekends in May and Thursday-Sundays starting in June. Please visit our website for full details and our most up-to-date hours of operation: https://westmorelandhistory.org/visit

Historic Hanna's Town is proud to open for the 2021 season on Saturday, May 1. Join us for special Opening Day festivities from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

⭐️ Take a guided tour of Historic Hanna's Town.
⭐️ See our newly reconstructed or renovated log buildings, including the Lefevre House, Storehouse, and Blacksmith Shop.
⭐️ Enjoy living history displays and demonstrations by Proctor's Militia, I.B.W.C.P.
⭐️ Opening Day sales in the Westmoreland History Shop. Westmoreland Historical Society members will receive 20% off their purchase and non-members will receive 10%.

Reservations are recommended for guided tours, as space is limited. Please call 724-836-1800 x210 to reserve your spot.

Following Opening Day, Historic Hanna's Town will be open for guided tours weekends in May and Thursday-Sundays starting in June. Please visit our website for full details and our most up-to-date hours of operation: https://westmorelandhistory.org/visit

Our volunteers generously give their time and talents to accomplish a variety of important tasks. From reconstructing ou...
04/13/2021
Volunteers' Hard Work Highlighted on Heritage Blog - Westmoreland County Historical Society

Our volunteers generously give their time and talents to accomplish a variety of important tasks. From reconstructing our newest log buildings, to assisting in our collections and archives, and developing new educational gardens, there is no shortage of exciting projects that our volunteers are accomplishing!

Special thanks to Westmoreland Heritage for highlighting several of our volunteers on their blog. We have linked two of their Volunteer Spotlights in our blog post here: https://westmorelandhistory.org/volunteers-hard-work-highlighted-on-heritage-blog

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact our Education & Interpretation Manager, Pam, at [email protected], and we will find the right place for you at the Westmoreland Historical Society!

Our volunteers make important contributions to preserving and sharing the history of Hanna’s Town and Westmoreland County. Several of our volunteers have recently been featured on the blog for Westmoreland Heritage, which promotes historic sites and cultural organizations in Westmoreland County. T...

Happy Easter and spring season from the Westmoreland Historical Society!
04/04/2021

Happy Easter and spring season from the Westmoreland Historical Society!

Happy Easter and spring season from the Westmoreland Historical Society!

Want to learn more about nature and also make a difference in our community? 🌿 🌸 🐝 Apply for the Fall 2021 training sess...
04/01/2021
Wildlife, habitat enthusiasts sought for Pennsylvania master naturalist training

Want to learn more about nature and also make a difference in our community? 🌿 🌸 🐝 Apply for the Fall 2021 training session of the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, coordiated by Brandywine Conservancy's Penguin Court near Laughlintown.

We were proud to host several Pennsylvania Master Naturalist training sessions and volunteer service efforts at Historic Hanna's Town last fall. Additionally, two of our staff members, Joanna and Pam, are currently trainees in the program.

Learn more: https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/wildlife-habitat-enthusiasts-sought-for-pennsylvania-master-naturalist-training/

Anyone interested in promoting pollinator habitats or tracking bird migrations might want to join the ranks of Pennsylvania’s master naturalists. Volunteers from Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties can sign up for 55 hours of training in the late summer and fall, which is the first ste...

Photos from Westmoreland Historical Society & Historic Hanna's Town's post
03/27/2021

Photos from Westmoreland Historical Society & Historic Hanna's Town's post

Just arrived at the Westmoreland History Shop -- raw gourd birdhouses for your wrens and other small songbirds!  Come ou...
03/27/2021

Just arrived at the Westmoreland History Shop -- raw gourd birdhouses for your wrens and other small songbirds! Come out tomorrow morning for March for Parks event - and see them. We will be open until 4:30 PM. Next week we will be open Thursday thru Saturday 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM. It's so grand to see life coming slowly back to our area. Shop phone number is 724-836-1800 ext. 105.

Join us this Saturday, March 27, for a fun opportunity to support all 10 of our county parks and 5 trails, including His...
03/25/2021

Join us this Saturday, March 27, for a fun opportunity to support all 10 of our county parks and 5 trails, including Historic Hanna's Town!

March for Parks is a fun annual event to raise money for new park and trail projects in Westmoreland County. Check-in any time between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. near the Westmoreland History Education Center and march/walk/explore at your convenience.

At Historic Hanna's Town, enjoy walking paths, scenic woodlands, open fields, and a variety of historic points of interest, including 18th and 19th century log buildings, and an historic fort.

Visit the March for Parks webpage for full details about participating: https://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/761/March-for-Parks

Join us this Saturday, March 27, for a fun opportunity to support all 10 of our county parks and 5 trails, including Historic Hanna's Town!

March for Parks is a fun annual event to raise money for new park and trail projects in Westmoreland County. Check-in any time between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. near the Westmoreland History Education Center and march/walk/explore at your convenience.

At Historic Hanna's Town, enjoy walking paths, scenic woodlands, open fields, and a variety of historic points of interest, including 18th and 19th century log buildings, and an historic fort.

Visit the March for Parks webpage for full details about participating: https://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/761/March-for-Parks

Happy Spring! 🌸 🌱 🐝  We celebrated yesterday with the Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County, who worked in ...
03/21/2021

Happy Spring! 🌸 🌱 🐝 We celebrated yesterday with the Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County, who worked in the 18th century kitchen garden and the garden in front of Hanna's Tavern. They cleared away debris in the garden beds and alleys, and planted lettuce, kale, peas, and radishes. We look forward to seeing the garden come to life soon! Thanks to the Master Gardeners for their volunteer service!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! 🍀 Many early settlers of Westmoreland County were of Scots-Irish descent originating from the...
03/17/2021

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! 🍀 Many early settlers of Westmoreland County were of Scots-Irish descent originating from the Ulster province of Northern Ireland. This included Robert Hanna, the founder of Hanna's Town, whose family immigrated to the American Colonies from Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland. Enjoy this beautiful image of the appropriately-nicknamed Emerald Isle!

☘️ Happy St. Patrick's Day! ☘️

We hope you enjoy this beautiful view of Ireland from space, taken by NASA's Aqua satellite! (Hopefully that's enough green to save us from getting pinched!)

Three weeks away! Irish genealogy experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfas...
03/09/2021

Three weeks away! Irish genealogy experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast are back (virtually!) for the seventh annual Irish Genealogy Workshop.

Featuring live Question and Answer sessions and interactive virtual networking opportunities, this workshop will foster connections between attendees and expert speakers.

Benefitting beginners and seasoned genealogists alike, this in-depth virtual workshop will examine a multitude of historic records and electronic resources that will advance your Irish genealogy research.

This program is presented in partnership with the Heinz History Center.

Register for the Irish Genealogy Workshop (Virtual) here: https://heinzhistorycenter.salsalabs.org/irish-genealogy-workshop-2021/index.html

Learn more here: https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/irish-genealogy-workshop-2021

Three weeks away! Irish genealogy experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast are back (virtually!) for the seventh annual Irish Genealogy Workshop.

Featuring live Question and Answer sessions and interactive virtual networking opportunities, this workshop will foster connections between attendees and expert speakers.

Benefitting beginners and seasoned genealogists alike, this in-depth virtual workshop will examine a multitude of historic records and electronic resources that will advance your Irish genealogy research.

This program is presented in partnership with the Heinz History Center.

Register for the Irish Genealogy Workshop (Virtual) here: https://heinzhistorycenter.salsalabs.org/irish-genealogy-workshop-2021/index.html

Learn more here: https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/irish-genealogy-workshop-2021

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809 Forbes Trail Rd
Greensburg, PA
15601-6548

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Westmoreland Historical Society & Historic Hanna’s Town

This historical settlement near Greensburg, PA, holds a special place in American history. Established by Irish farmer and businessman Robert Hanna in 1773, Hanna’s Town served as the site of the first English court west of the Allegheny Mountains and first seat of government for Westmoreland County.

Hanna’s Town was home to frontier settlers and hosted travelers along the Forbes Road. The Hanna’s Town Resolves, adopted May 16, 1775, illustrate how frontier people helped fuel the movement toward American independence. During the Revolutionary War, Hanna’s Town recruited men not only for the Continental Army, but also for the militia that aided in the western campaigns against Native American allies of the British. In 1782, Hanna’s Town was destroyed by the Seneca and their British allies in one of the last conflicts of the Revolutionary War.

The site's subsequent conversion to farmland in the early 1800s preserved it as an archaeological time capsule of frontier life during the waning British colonial period and the emerging American republic.

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I am looking to prove John W Neal (Neel) 1746-1821 was the father of Andrew Jackson Neal he lived to Estill Co, KY settled in and had Creath Neal, Robert E Neal and he was the father of my grandmother Maude Neal.
Hi! I live in the first original permanent house (red brick) built in the area, circa 1783. It was constructed on the 900+ acre lot by Christopher Walthour who also had constructed Fort Walthour in 1774 where the current Kohl’s in North Huntington (Irwin) sits. They owned most all of the land in the Irwin/Manor area but we currently have a 1 acre lot where the house is ☺️. Across the street on Sandy Hill Road used to sit the Walthour Grist Mill and many streets in Manor are named after its I am searching for anyone, descendants etc who can tell me more about our home. I am on a quest to get it registered as a historical landmark and would love to find out more in any avenue possible whether stories or connections. Thanks in advance for anyone that can help 💗!
This is a 8mm movie my grandfather took of a parade in western PA around 1958 that includes this community. I wanted to share it and am interested in any information about this event.
Hi! Does anyone know when the Antiques & Collectibles Market will reopen? Thank you!
Glad to see that Hanna’s town is growing
Hello, are dogs allowed on the property or do you suggest to leave them at home? Thank you
David AKA “Wild Colonial Boy”, excited to perform great music for Hanna’s Town this weekend. Come hear him and the rest of Gallowglass!