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Located on Main Street of Irwin Borough, the Norwin Historical Society was formed in 1994 in order to preserve the history of Irwin, North Irwin, and North Huntingdon Township. With resources for researchers and a variety of community events, the historical society aims to preserve and promote the history of the area.


  • Norwin Historical Society's headquarters is located on Main Street in downtown Irwin.

Formed in 1994, the Norwin Historical Society preserves and protects the history of the Norwin Area, which is made up of Irwin, North Irwin, and North Huntingdon Township. These three locations have an official history stretching back to the creation of Westmoreland County in 1773 with the formation of Huntingdon Township.

The historical society keeps the history of what was a rapidly growing area during the mid 1800s in response to the expanding Pennsylvania Railroad Company and flourishing coal and gas mines. With the completion of the Brush Creek Valley Line, which provided a direct route to Pittsburgh, in 1852, John Irwin laid out Irwin Station in town. Irwin Station became a central location and hundreds of families flocked to the area to live and work.

Today, the Norwin Historical Society offers a variety of resources to researchers. In addition, they hold several events a year, including Antiques on Main in September, a Holiday House Tour in December, and a Memorial Day Honor Guard the Sunday before Memorial Day every year. The historical society also cares for the grounds of the historic Brush Creek Associate Reformed Church Cemetery and provides speakers to local organizations and schools.

About Us, Norwin Historical Society. Accessed April 1st 2020. www.norwinhistoricalsociety.org.

Norwin Historical Society, Laurel Highlands Visitor's Bureau. Accessed April 1st 2020. https://www.laurelhighlands.org/listing/norwin-historical-society/7935/.

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Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, https://www.laurelhighlands.org/event/antiques-on-main/36681/