Saxonburg, Pennsylvania is a borough that’s over 150 years old. Its current role is a peaceful and friendly area that attracts visitors with a love of Pennsylvania history and a slower paced lifestyle. The area is a registered historic district and many of its buildings date back to the founding of the town. Saxonburg’s founder John Roebling no doubt had a dream that looked similar to what it looks like now. Whether you are a local or visitor looking to learn more, read on to find out about the best attractions that Saxonburg has to offer.
Saxonburg Museum and the Roebling Workshop
The Saxonburg Museum and its attached recreation of John Roebling’s original workshop are a great first stop. There are exhibitions on Roebling and his family, and the workshop is where he made the cable that eventually was used on the Brooklyn Bridge. There’s a small-scale replica of the bridge as well, which is a great photo opportunity. Visitors can also see what an original laundry, blacksmith, and general store in Saxonburg looked like. The museum is open seasonally, so be sure to check its hours before visiting. There’s a venue called Cooper Hall too which is used to hold events.
Centrally located on Main Street, the Hotel Saxonburg can be both a great place to lay your head and to dine in a longstanding piece of Saxonburg history. The building has always been a hotel, unlike other structures on the street that have undergone a number of changes and various businesses over their lifetime.
The Memorial Church
This historic church has been called the center of the borough. Originally a German Evangelical Church, today a Presbyterian congregation worships there. The clocktower is one of the most arresting features. It looks over Main Street, as it has for many decades past.
Saxonburg Historic Walking Tour Map
There is also a resource that exists for those who want to take a look at the attractions on foot at their own pace. The Saxonburg Historic Walking Tour Map can be used for an insight into the many landmarks along Main Street.
South Butler Community Library
The library, which is on the site of the former Berger’s Meat Market, has many cultural activities throughout the year. You can take a look at the calendar to see what’s on. During Saxonburg’s festivals, the library often plays hosts to events or is used as a site for stalls set up to sell local arts and crafts.
Not a place, but rather an organization, the John Roebling’s Historic Saxonburg Society, Inc works to preserve Saxonburg’s unique heritage and architecture. It has been responsible for many landmarks being preserved and saved. Businesses on Main Street also owe a lot to the work of this organization. One of the historians from the society has said that the buildings on this street still have the original clay and straw in their walls, and attributes Saxonburg’s charm to the fact that it has not changed much since that time.