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 Seneca and 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, several 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, museum shop, and research library, the Education Center invites visitors, educators, and researchers to discover local history.