Greetings from Historic Saxonburg, Pennsylvania.
Welcome to the Victorian charm of the village of Saxonburg.
Named by Pittsburgh Magazine as the "most affordable great neighborhood,"
A Great Beginning
John August Roebling
German immigrant, John Augustus Roebling and his brother Karl founded
Saxonburg in 1832 with a purchase of 1600 acres of land on a gentle ridge
that would be suitable for farming and offer a new life for German compatriots
in America. An architect and engineer, Roebling surveyed and planned the
village as was the custom in Germany - one broad street running east and
west, flanked by deep lots so that each settler had their own farm.
Roebling's work surveying the Pennsylvania Railroad's Philadelphia-Harrisburg-Pittsburgh
route over the Allegheny Mountains led to the invention for which he is
famous - wire rope. Roebling developed and manufactured wire rope from
Saxonburg and received a patent for this invention that revolutionized
the art of bridge building. Some of Roebling's most notable bridges include
the suspension bridge over the Niagara River and the Brooklyn Bridge over
the East River in New York City.
Visit One of The Most Important Streets in America
Over 150 years after Saxonburg began from an immigrant's dream for a wholesome
town, you can visit and experience much of what Roebling envisioned today.
Main Street retains much of its original character and features 32 buildings
that are over 100 years old, of which 10 buildings are over 150 years
old. Saxonburg is a National and Pennsylvania registered Historic District.
Welcome to our Home
Behind the historic beauty of Main Street, you'll find a thriving contemporary
community of shops, restaurants, salons, professional services and unique
Bed & Breakfasts. Whether you visit during one our many events, or
take in the simpler life in the library patio on a summer evening
are always welcome.
This website is managed by John Roebling's Historic Saxonburg Society.
John Roebling's Historic Saxonburg Society (JRHSS) is a 501(c)3 formed
with the mission to be a community partner with the Borough of Saxonburg
working on the revitalization, economic development and landscape improvement
of the Historic Main Street and Business District corridor.