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Saxonburg was part of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

December 6, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

Hotel Saxonburg owner Judy Ferree shows off the painting of the hotel originally commissioned by Fred Rogers. The creator of "Mr. Roges' Neighborhood" was a frequent diner at the hotel.

SAXONBURG — Mister Rogers' Neighborhood apparently included Saxonburg.

With the recent release of the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, there has been a renewed interest in the gentle children's TV show host from Pittsburgh.

One of the facts coming to light is that the soft-spoken Fred Rogers made it a habit to stop at the Hotel Saxonburg during his show's heyday.

Former hotel owner Carolyn Gentile of Adams Township said, “He was a very good customer of ours. He and his wife came up for dinner all the time.”

This is an excerpt from a story that appears in Sunday's Butler Eagle.