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Frontier Court Reenactment
Historic Hanna's Town

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Step back in time to when the Revolutionary War-era village of Hanna’s Town held the first English courts west of the Allegheny Mountains and served as the seat of government for Westmoreland County. The Westmoreland County Historical Society will present the reenactment of actual cases heard at Hanna’s Town between 1773 and 1786. See how those who were convicted of crimes paid their debt to society in the 18th century. A hanging will be included.

Hanna’s Town was attacked and burned on July 13, 1782 by a raiding party of Indians and British rangers while court was in session. The town never recovered and ceased being the county seat in 1787 when it was moved to Greensburg.

Court sessions will be held at 2:45pm on Saturday and Sunday. Following court a concert will be given by Gallowglass (18th Century Scotch-Irish Celtic). In addition to these activities, members of the Revolutionary War era Proctor’s Independent Battalion Westmoreland County Pennsylvania will be encamped in the fort and giving drilling and firing demonstrations. Additional colonial demonstrations will include spinning, blacksmith, dance, musket making and colonial gardening. A special children’s area will be available too. Admission includes tours of the site given every 30 minutes. Saturday morning at 9:30 a special flag raising ceremony will take place and Sunday morning at 9:30 a special 18th century Church service will be held.

For additional information, call 724-532-1935 or visit www.westmorelandhistory.org Follow our activities on the Westmoreland County Historical Society Facebook page, and on Twitter @WCHistory.

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