Historic Locations in
Westmoreland County, PA
Genealogists, teachers, and students are able to find a wealth of resources concerning Westmoreland County history at the Westmoreland County Historical Society. The Westmoreland County Historical Society possess a 4,000 volume genealogy, local history research library, a 500,000 item archival collection, publications on local history, an archival collection of photos, documents, memorabilia, and more. They offer speakers, school programs, and research services, as well as info on Historic Hannas Town (where an active archeological dig continues).
Bushy Run Battlefield has as its mission to preserve and interpret the pivotal battle of Bushy Run, fought between British and Native Americans during the conflict known as Pontiac’s War (1763-64).
Visit the Compass Inn Museum to receive an informative and entertaining tour by costumed docents telling the story of transportation and everyday life in the early 1800’s. Visitors tour seven rooms of the restored inn, including the common room, serving kitchen, ladies parlor and four bedrooms.
Fort Ligonier is a full-scale, on-site reconstruction of the 1758-1766 original fort, situated on a strategic hilltop next to beautiful downtown Ligonier. Living history activities and reenactments, battles, encampments, folk crafts and archeological digs provide a rich historical experience.
Visitors to West Overton Museums can watch “Pillars of Fire,” a film illustrating the process of turning coal into coke; visit the Overholt Homestead and Gift Shop; tour two floors of the Overholt Mill/Distillery, which contains a large collection of household, farm and industrial tools; visit the birthplace of Henry Clay Frick; and tour the wash house and smokehouse.
St. Vincent Gristmill Museum & Coffeehouse was constructed in 1854 under the direction of Father Boniface Wimmer. The gristmill’s construction is unique, for it was built almost completely out of wood, while nearly every other building on the St. Vincent campus is made out of brick.
Historic Sites in Westmoreland County
- Bushy Run Battlefield
- Compass Inn Museum
- Fort Ligonier
- Historic Hannas Town
- St. Vincent Gristmill Museum
- West Overton Museums
- Historic and Genealogical Society
Historic Sites in the Laurel Highlands
- Allegheny Portage Railroad
- Braddock Road Preservation Society
- Covered Bridges throughout the Laurel Highlands
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob
- Flight 93 Memorial
- Fort Necessity National Battlefield
- Johnstown Flood National Memorial
- Jimmy Stewart Museum
- National Road Heritage Corridor
- Nemacolin Castle
- Old Bedford Village
- Quecreek Mine Monument for Life
Historic Sites in the Pittsburgh Region
- Allegheny Cemetery
- Duquesne Incline
- Fort Pitt Museum and Blockhouse
- Heinz Chapel
- Heinz History Center (in Association with the Smithsonian)
- Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
- Phipps Conservatory
- Rachel Carson Homestead
- Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
- Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
- USS Requin