September 17, 2016 -- features historic Scottdale!

Knowing the history of our homes and the residents who preceded us enhances our sense of place and belonging, and reflects our understanding that a big part of who we are is a product of those who came before us. History gives us context, which in turn provides direction, and makes us better decision makers. That is why history is important, and why the Westmoreland County Historical Society is so committed to this event.

On Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, participants on the self-guided tour will have the opportunity to visit six homes in Scottdale in addition to experiencing the town’s annual Fall Festival. The historic district of the borough, designated in 1996, includes the lower or eastern industrial area, the downtown business district, and the western residential areas reflecting a variety of architectural styles. The tour includes five homes within several blocks of each other and a sixth just a short drive away. Five homes were built between 1822 and 1913 while a sixth is a unique "Lustron" home, built of steel panels, circa 1949.

Toast the Tour Friday evening, September 17 from 6 to 8 PM Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres along with a private house tour will be held at the handsome Broadway Manor built in Scottdale in 1904 in Colonial Revival style. The house was built for coal operator John P. Brennnen and his wife Ello Kehoe. It remained in the Brennen family until 1986 when it was purchased by Pat Hill who has approached her restoration work with an eye toward maintaining the architectural integrity of the house. The end result is a richly appointed interior reflective of the coal and coke era wealth.

All ticket holders will receive a map with directions to each location and a keepsake booklet with historical information.

Advance sale tickets for the Saturday Tour are $25. Tickets are available at:

The Westmoreland County Historical Society office,
By phone (724-532-1935 x 215),
online (,
email (,
Collections by Marty (724-887-6488 at 143 Pittsburgh Street in Scottdale
On tour day, tickets are $30 and will be sold only at The Loucks House at 527 N. Chestnut Street in Scottdale.

Tickets for the “Toast the Tour” cocktail party are $60 and require advance purchase from the Historical Society. 724-532-1935 x215.

Historic House Tour
Historic House Tour
  • 809 Forbes Trail Road
  • Greensburg, PA 15601