Like several of Butler County’s towns, Saxonburg began as a vision for a wholesome town offering a new life for German settlers. Named for the German state of Saxony, Saxonburg was founded in 1832 by immigrants F. Carl and John A. Roebling. Designed by John, Saxonburg’s Main Street featured the charm and distinctive architecture of a quaint German hamlet.
Today, Main Street retains much of its original character and features 32 buildings that are more than 100 years old. The street was named to the National Register of Historic Places. As you browse through the shops, don’t miss the plaques along the way that tell the historic significance of the structures. Roebling’s contributions to society didn’t end with Saxonburg’s Main Street. He invented a wire cable first used to raise canal boats over the Allegheny Mountains, and as a suspension bridge pioneer, designed the Brooklyn Bridge.
His impact on the community as well as exhibits on communications, blacksmith, general store and laundry can be discovered in Saxonburg’s museum. Be sure to include the museum on your visit for an in-depth look at the town’s interesting history and community life (museum hours vary -- call before visiting for current schedule).
Despite its small size, Saxonburg is big on charm. The community hosts several events and festivals each year that bring thousands of visitors to its tree-lined streets. If your visit to Butler County doesn’t coincide with one of the town’s special events, you’re always welcome to sit a spell on bench or stroll along the sidewalk while admiring the preservation of days gone by.