Humble Beginnings

The year was 1873. Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States. Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated just eight years prior. The population of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania had grown significantly in the recent years due to a boom in the mining and manufacturing industries, encouraging local leaders to change its status from a borough to a city in 1871. Telephone service would not exist in the city for five more years.


In downtown Wilkes-Barre, Miners National Bank had recently built the tallest building in the city (at 14 stories high), and the primary modes of transportation were walking or riding horses. This was also the year that a group of prominent men from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Area formed the Malt Club to discuss community projects, politics, and business. The Malt Club officially changed its name to the Westmoreland Club in 1889, and in 1922, the Club purchased a beautiful, Georgian mansion from Dr. Levi Shoemaker to accommodate the expanding membership. Our Clubhouse still occupies this architecturally stunning building today.


The Westmoreland Club has undergone many remarkable changes from our humble beginnings as a members-only malt club for men in the late 19th Century. We are justifiably proud of our grand history, and we are pleased to share our second century of progress with you.

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