Historic charm with an array of cultural attractions
Greensburg is a vibrant community steeped in rich history and culture. It’s home to an array of theaters, unique eateries, shops, and museums, as well as a picturesque downtown.
Greensburg became a growing county seat throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, as inns and small businesses were established throughout the area. It was a railroad stop, and the discovery of large areas of soft coal nearby made it the center of the vigorous mining industry.
Bunker Hill borough (now Fifth Ward) was merged into Greensburg in 1894. In 1905, Greensburg absorbed three adjacent boroughs, Ludwick (today's Sixth Ward), East Greensburg (now Seventh Ward), and Southeast Greensburg (Eighth Ward) merged with Greensburg. New housing was constructed in various sections of town. Seton Hill University, formerly St. Joseph's Academy, became a four-year women's institution in 1918. After World War II, more residential areas were developed. Greensburg's cultural status grew as the Westmoreland County Museum of Art opened in 1959 and the University of Pittsburgh founded their Greensburg campus in 1963 (now located in Hempfield Township).
In the 1970s, Greensburg became a center for service industries, professional offices, and banking. Today, the community thrives with local shops and restaurants.
Greensburg is composed of eight wards, each with its own distinct character. The residential neighborhoods contain primarily larger, older homes featuring unique architecture. Many families settle in the area’s residential neighborhoods, while younger professionals and college students opt to live downtown.
No matter which borough you choose to call home, you’re sure to enjoy close proximity to many major amenities including the scenic Five Star Trail, the Palace Theater, Robertshaw Amphitheater, Westmoreland County Museum of Art, and the downtown shopping district.
Greensburg is home to a plethora of restaurants that are sure to please any palate. JCorks features American fare, wine, and martinis served in a well-appointed historical building with a patio. In the mood for traditional Italian cuisine? Locals will likely point you to Sunset Café, a family-owned eatery that has been serving red-sauce pasta since 1933. Primanti’s, a long-established Pittsburgh institution, serves handcrafted sandwiches piled high with house-made coleslaw and fresh-cut fries.
Greensburg is a rural oasis surrounded by natural beauty; so it’s no wonder the community is home to an array of scenic parks, trails, and outdoor festivals. The nationally acclaimed Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival offers the best in visual and live performing arts, traditional and fine crafts, cultural heritage activities, humanities, and a diverse array of cuisine. Twin Lakes Park is a sprawling green space with stone-paved walkways, three fishing decks, and modified picnic and play areas. The park plays host to the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, as well as a summer concert series and fishing derbies. The Westmoreland Fairgrounds play host to several popular annual events, including the Westmoreland Fair, Overly’s Country Christmas, and the PA Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival, as well as auctions, livestock shows, car shows, demolition derbies, rodeos, and more.
The Palace Theater has been a major force in Westmoreland County’s cultural scene for generations. Today, the theater hosts a wide variety of nationally-renowned entertainers and touring shows. It’s also home to the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and a regional venue for the River City Brass Band.
Students in the community are served by the Greensburg Salem and Hempfield School Districts. Top educational opportunities include: