Welcome to Butler County, Pennsylvania
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 (painting), 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.
Winter in Butler County
Although the winter months are chilly with falling snow, there are plenty of wintertime activities here in Butler County that keep the fun going. Go for a sled ride, cozy up at a performance or take a visit to one of our many museums - with so many places to go and things to see, get out and explore more this winter!
Holiday Gift Ideas
The holidays are upon us so we'd like to bring you some gift ideas featuring local shops and businesses.
Butler County Beer Circuit
You know the feeling you get after tasting a cold, draft beer? Now imagine being able to try a variety of craft beers made locally! Introducing the Butler County Beer Circuit - a listing of local breweries within the area.
Discover the charming town of Historic Harmony
This quaint village of old brick and log buildings is one of western PA’s most historically important places and is a National Historic Landmark District. This town is packed with history and features shops, restaurants, cafes and more – a great way to spend a day walking about.