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~Foxburg Entertainment~

Are you ready for a night out and some good wine? Book a night or two at our hotel and enjoy entertainment at the Foxburg Winery. If you’re drinking make sure your stay safe and sound at our hotel, and not drive home! Everyone deserves a night out, book your room today at 724-659-3116 and have a great night!



We Support: “Chris Smith In July”


Today, July 25th, The 7th Annual “Chris Smith in July” is being held. The event starts at 4:00p.m. and dinner is at 5:00p.m. There is entertainment to follow for the whole family!

Bring a new unwrapped toy to be given to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh in memory of Chris.

There will be a 50/50, Chinese Auction, Live music followed by Best Entertainment DJ with Karaoke, T-shirts, food, cornhole & much much more.

Proceeds for the event go to cancer patients in honor of Chris Smith, at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

If you have any questions on exactly where the event is taking place or anything else, call Barb (724)967-6475 or Ali (435)650-4882.



History behind Foxburg


George Fox -Ancestor to the Philadelphia Fox Family and founder of the Religious Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers.

The first inhabitants of European descent to settle in the area was the Fox family of Philadelphia. These original owners were descendants of George Fox, the founder of the Quaker religion. His grandsons, Samuel Mickle Fox and George Fox, along with brothers-in-law Joseph Parker Norris and George Roberts, bought what amounted to 6,600 acres in 1796 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This area was located between the Clarion and Allegheny Rivers and later was known as the Fox Farm. It was Samuel’s son, Joseph Mickle Fox, a practicing lawyer, who purchased 1800 acres from his fathers estate after his fathers death. As time went on, the Foxes added to their estate a carriage house, designed by nationally renowned Franklin Heyling Furness in 1876. A greenhouse was also built and designed by Lord and Burnham, a company known for building public conservatories such as the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. Both restored structures can be found on the property today. Stables, barns, an ice house, and even a play house in the form of a log cabin for the Fox children had been part of the Fox farm at one time. In 1910 the Foxes had built a long, two story dairy barn that formed the letter “H”. With pink-colored stucco finish and gable style roofs, these “H” barns were historically significant in that they housed the first Guernsey dairy cows in United States. The Fox farm also had the first arboretum in Pennsylvania with every known native species of tree of the commonwealth planted there.

As more people started to settle in the area, Joseph Mickle Fox decided to establish a town on the banks of the Allegheny River, which he named “Foxburg” in 1870. This small village quickly grew with the addition of two rail lines, the north-south travel-ling Pennsylvania Railroad and the east-west travel-ling B & O Railroad. It was the Baltimore and Ohio railroad that made the town somewhat of an attraction when a double-decker railroad bridge was built across the Allegheny River at Foxburg with its trains passing over the pedestrian traffic that crossed on the deck below. Though the railroad stopped using this bridge in 1964, it lasted up until 2008 when it was finally demolished and replaced by a single tier, two lane bridge. Although the bridge and rails are long gone, evidence of their existence can still be seen in the area with a keen eye.

B & O train crossing over the Foxburg Bridge right before the beginning of a switch back.

Dedicated in 1910, The Hannah Fox Memorial Library became a cultural meeting place for those in the community looking to enhance their knowledge as well as enjoy concerts, plays, and lectures. The library today is now known as the Foxburg Free Library.

One of the first golf courses in the United States was built in Foxburg with the efforts of Joseph Mickle Fox in 1884 after discovering the game during a trip to play a cricket match in Scotland. On his return, Joseph had a five hole course built on the family farm, but after seeing its huge success, it was then moved to its present nine-hole site in 1887, thus establishing the Foxburg Golf Club. This golf course is now recognized as the oldest continuously-operated golf course in the U.S., which also houses the Golf Hall of Fame.

By 1964 and nearly 170 years, the Fox era was over and the Fox Estate then passed through several hands until 1996 when Dr. Arthur and Patricia Steffee purchased the property. The Steffee’s went on to restore the remaining buildings on the property as well as construct additional barns, dwellings, and numerous outbuildings, a total of 26 in all. The restoration process took many years of painstakingly meticulous work by dozens of skilled craftsman and laborers. The restoration of the original mansion alone took over two years and included the addition of an award-winning conservatory, an observatory cupola, a hunting/fishing room, an English-style pub in the basement with attached wine cellar and a spectacular spiral staircase spanning from cupola to ground floor. In addition to the phenomenal architecture and stone/wood craftsmanship, the art decor creates a breathtaking tour for anyone who gets the rare chance to visit this historical landmark.

The completed mansion.







Pictured Left – Mansion during restoration

Pictured Right – Present day


Get your Wedding on!

Are you thinking of “Popping the question”? Or, have you already asked your special someone to marry you? Great! Stop in at the Foxburg Inn or call at 724-659-3116 and ask about our wedding packages! We offer rooms, ceremony space, cake, flowers, and more. The rooms booked also get a special discounted rate. The Inn is the perfect place to have a small wedding. It is right along the Allegheny River, the rooms are beautiful, and planning with the Inn is so easy to do, you just answer a few questions and most of your planning is taken care of. Some things are not included, but if you talk to one of our friendly employees at the Inn. They’ll be more than happy to go over any and all questions. So don’t stress over the big day, make it a relaxing and calm day! Let us help you with your wedding. And as always, Congratulations from the Inn!


Kelly Wedding


Riding Bikes…

In Foxburg there is a bike trail you can ride bicycles on along the Allegheny River. On the bike trail you will pass by many beautiful pieces of nature, including a small beautiful waterfall. Come and enjoy a relaxing and pleasurable ride along this 3-mile long Foxburg bike trail.  This easy to peddle paved trail runs along the Allegheny River for its entire length as well as crossing over the mouth of the Clarion River.

This unique area provides wonderful vistas along the trail and provides popular  views of large islands that exhibit perched eagles, basking turtles, and frolicking otters.  The islands, also known as the Fox Islands, have a growing Great Blue Heron Heronry that was established 5 years ago and gets bigger every year.  Ask at the desk to rent our Audubon binoculars to help assist you in your nature watching.   You’ll also pass  several historical relics representing the past oil and railroad era and make sure to bring your camera! For prices please click here.

If you choose not to go on the bike trail, you can ride the bike around town and check out our small town!


kelly bike


Going once… Going twice…


We have auctions happening in Foxburg this week! Click here to read up on what is happening! Save the dates for Wednesday, June 24th and Saturday, June 27th!


Looking for a special gift?

Wedding, Anniversary, Birthday, Upcoming holiday…or “Just because I love you!” Give a chance to create a new memory…at the Foxburg Inn Hotel! Foxburg offers many opportunities to create an unforgettable experience – a special moment that will last a lifetime. A Gift Certificate to the Foxburg Inn Hotel is the ideal gift to provide a relative, friend, or associate the wonderful experience of “a time” in Foxburg. You can buy online  or call 724-659-3116. 







This year marks the 10th year for the Ride for Homeless Vets!

The ride is June 14, 2015 and will start and end at the Natrona Heights VFW Post 894. The address to the VFW is 894 Veterans Lane, Natrona Heights, PA  15065.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help this worthy cause! After the event a letter will be mailed for your tax deduction. Donations can be mailed to:

Ride for Homeless Vets

ATTN: Tom Grates

1012 Coe Street, Tarentum, PA  15084

or go to www.rideforhomelessvets.com for more information

If you love your freedom, thank a Vet


Foxburg Activities/Entertainment

Summer is finally here! Do you work hard? Come take a break at the Foxburg Inn. The Allegheny Grille has summer entertainment on Tuesdays 6pm-9pm on the patio, weather permitting.  *The following dates are good for the Allegheny Grille:

June 9th, June 16th, June 23rd, June 30th, July 7th, July 14th, July 21st, July 28, August 4th, August 11th, August 18th, August 25th and Sept 1st.

The Foxburg Wine Cellars also has FREE tasting of 35 wines and live performances on the patio, 2pm-5pm. *The following dates are for the Winery:

June 13th, June 14th, June 20th, June 21st, June 27th, and June 28th!


You deserve to enjoy live entertainment and have a few cold ones, or wine if you prefer! Be safe, and book a room with us at The Foxburg Inn! Contact us at 724-659-3116 before our rooms get filled! Visit our Facebook page for upcoming events as well.  And as always, ENJOY SUMMER!!!


microphone KELLY


Canoe/Kayak Poker Run Refunds!

Yesterday morning at 7:00 a.m., the Canoe/Kayak Poker Run had been rescheduled to May 31st due to the rainy weather conditions. At 10:00 a.m., it was decided that since the weather had improved, the Poker Run would still be on for the day. We are aware that this caused some confusion and there are registrants who did not make it and need refunds.

If you are one of the registrants who needs a refund, please call in to The Foxburg Inn Hotel at (724)659-3116 so we can get your information regarding your refund.

These will be done this week!