SAXONBURG

 

 

Saxonburg was founded in 1832 by two immigrant brothers, John and Carl Roebling of Mulhausen, Germany.  (John is also known for designing New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge).  John secured a 1,583 acre parcel of land from Sarah Collins for the sum of $2,209.50.  Before Mrs. Collins inherited this acreage from her land speculator father, the land had been assigned to Pennsylvania’s Veterans of the Revolutionary War as a payment for their services.

 

The Roeblings desired to establish a German community in America; agriculture and light manufacturing would serve as its foundation.  They aggressively moved toward that goal, laying out plans for the town and even building several houses that first year.  Parcels of land were sold to others from Mulhausen who responded to the Roeblings’ letters and came to America to enjoy the opportunities for personal advancement and freedom.

 

In the early 1900s, Saxonburg became a place where Pittsburgh families retreated on the weekends to enjoy the clean, fresh air, the peaceful countryside, and the therapeutic mineral water baths.

 

Today, downtown Saxonburg maintains much of the 1800s charm.  The community continues to have a blend of agriculture and light manufacturing, along with the continued spirit of industriousness and self-determination known by the town’s founding fathers.