The health and safety of our visitors is of utmost priority. In light of the national emergency declaration regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and Governor Wolf’s closure of Pennsylvania schools, the Westmoreland Historical Society & Historic Hanna's Town has decided close the Westmoreland History Education Center to the public from Saturday, March 14.
We will announce early next week when the Education Center will reopen. We will make decisions about programs in April and beyond in the coming weeks based on health official recommendations. Please check our website and Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
Education is an important part of our mission at the Westmoreland Historical Society, and we are continuing to work on projects that share with you the rich history of Westmoreland County.
Thank you for your patience and continued support!
Explore life on the Pennsylvania frontier during the American Revolution! Established by Robert Hanna in 1773, Hanna's Town is the site of the first English court west of the Allegheny Mountains and the first seat of government for Westmoreland County. It was home to frontier settlers, hosted travelers along the Forbes Road, and served as a recruitment center for the local militia and Continental Line during the Revolutionary War. The Hanna’s Town Resolves, adopted May 16, 1775, proclaimed citizens' willingness to protect their rights by taking up arms against Great Britain. On July 13, 1782, Hanna’s Town was attacked and burned by Native Americans & their British allies in one of the final conflicts of the Revolutionary War. Though the town never recovered, 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.
Historic Hanna’s Town is a Westmoreland County Park administered by the Westmoreland Historical Society. The site consists of the reconstructed Hanna's Tavern, three relocated historic log houses, a reconstructed Revolutionary War era fort, and a wagon shed that houses an authentic late 18th century Conestoga wagon. Additionally, the site is home to the Westmoreland Historical Society's new Westmoreland History Education Center. With an exhibit gallery, classroom, museum shop, and library, the Education Center invites visitors, educators, and researchers to discover local history.