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The Coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on our community, especially those within the tourism industry. I want you to know that we are still here, and we will continue to do what we can to help promote Butler County. It saddens me to say that as a result of COVID-19, the Bureau’s staff has been significantly reduced for the time being. Please be patient as we respond to your messages. Our remaining staff is working remotely, checking phones daily and continues to correspond with members via email. Butler County’s tourism industry is strong and resilient. Once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, we will elevate our marketing efforts to a new level and push out the message that Butler County is open for business! Thank you. Jack Cohen, President
Located in Western Pennsylvania, Butler County offers a glimpse of small town life, yet is close to major cities. We are only 25 miles from Pittsburgh, 325 miles from Philadelphia and 380 miles from New York City.
Some of the earliest known history begins with first U.S. President George Washington, who passed through the area around the same time the French & Indian War began. Butler County has plenty of other interesting history, as well. It was founded in 1800 and named for Gen. Richard Butler, a colonial officer in the American Revolution.
Many of the towns hold rich German history; including Harmony, founded in 1804 by the Harmony Society of German Lutheran Separatists who were seeking religious freedom, and Saxonburg, which still maintains the architectural charm of a quaint German hamlet. Saxonburg was co-founded by John Roebling who also invented wire rope and designed the Brooklyn Bridge.
Present day, the county has museums and many historic locations which interpret the area’s past. Special events and reenactments offer living history as well.
Local businesses are turning to creative solutions and innovations in order to keep their business afloat during a challenging situation. In the midst of an environment of ever changing updates and modifications, our community remains constant - we support one another! We want our community businesses to know that we’re here for them.
Take advantage of your free time and download our app, Visit Butler County Pa! This digital mapping tool is specially designed to help you explore the area. Create your own itinerary or choose from pre-built ones. Sometimes the best treasures are found off the beaten path. Butler County - Explore More!