Seniors Enjoy A Top Ten Best Small Town


I read recently that Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator, spent his formative years in Butler, PA. Santorum is just one of a bunch of notable people who have been connected to Butler over the years. So this senior just had to go to Butler, located in Butler County, and check out the town of Butler.

Butler was rated by Smithsonian Magazine one of the top ten best small towns in America. Only 35 miles north of Pittsburg, and home to 14,000 residents, Butler has been home to industry and family owned businesses for more than 200 years, marking its place in history.


The birthplace of the Bantam Jeep, oil refining roots, railroad car manufacturing, headquarters of Westinghouse Nuclear, Butler County is the industrial hub of the area and Butler is right in the middle of things.

 Seniors Discover A Main Street Community

The downtown shopping and restaurant district in Butler is a thriving, nationally accredited Main Street community. As the county seat, Butler is also the hub of government and commercial activity.  Butler truly provides residents with metropolitan living and small town convenience. It is conveniently close to the city of Pittsburgh and enjoys world-class education, medicine, arts and sports,

Butler_County_Courthouse,_ButlerThis brief history of Butler can bring you up to date on how it has thrived so well over the years. Butler got its name from Major General Richard Butler, who fell at the 1791 Battle of Wabash. Ever heard of that battle? Me either.

TripAdvisor suggests that senior visitors stop in at Cummings Coffee & Candy, the oldest business in town, then trip over to the Maridon Museum with its Chinese artwork.

Take in the Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Pullman Park and a baseball game and Willow Run Stable is close by for a fun horseback ride.

Seniors Find An Active And Historical Town

Butler is quite an active town with a Road Race, the historic Butler Little Theater and a Fall Festival in September that features car shows, all kinds of ethnic foods, and lots of items from various cultures.


Then you will find that the locals enjoy basketball with the Butler BlueSox, football with the Butler County Bears, and Softball and Sports Leagues. Senior visitors will also discover a town that is loaded with history.

The Butler County Historical Society operates several museums that depict life in Butler County. The Society preserves Butler County’s rich heritage through four historic sites: Butler County Heritage Center, Cooper Cabin Pioneer Homestead, Little Red School House and Lowrie/Shaw House.

Seniors, set your GPS for Butler and enjoy getting to know the town.  -jeb

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