Aaronsburg, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°54′03″N 77°27′12″W / 40.900946°N 77.453383°W / 40.900946; -77.453383

Aaronsburg is a census-designated place (CDP) in Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 485 at the 2000 census.

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History

Founded by Aaron Levy in 1786, and named for him,[1] Aaronsburg is the first town in Pennsylvania (and probably in the United States) that was laid out by and named after a Jew. The town's orderly planned and aligned streets were designed that the town might one day be the county seat. This, however never occurred due to the lack of water. The current county seat is Bellefonte.

Aaronsburg is home to two churches (Salem Lutheran and Reformed), three cemeteries, a library, historical museum, and a pottery shop.

In 1949 a pageant was held to celebrate Aaronsburg's unique history and namesake. Aaron Levy, a Jewish merchant from Philadelphia, presented the town's residents with a pewter communion set as a gift. This unusual gesture inspired many, and 50,000 people descended upon Aaronsburg to commemorate it. Attendees included Ralph Bunche, Cornell Wilde, and, later, Ronald Reagan. A short film and book were written about this event.

Geography

Aaronsburg is located at 40°54′3″N 77°27′12″W / 40.90083°N 77.45333°W / 40.90083; -77.45333 (40.900946, -77.453383)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.

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