Voted #3 of the best places to raise a family in Washington County, Canonsburg boasts an excellent school district and a welcoming vibe, making it a top choice for people who want the charm of small-town living while having access to the cultural amenities a city like Pittsburgh offers.
Located just 18 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Canonsburg is named after John Canon who arrived here in 1773 and established a flour and saw mill. It wasn’t long before this 2.3 square mile settlement became a market town; the main street lined with shops, taverns, and artisan workshops.
Jefferson College was incorporated here in 1802, and by 1840 had become Canonburg’s economic base. In 1865, the effects of the Civil War and ill-conceived scholarship schemes led to the merging of Washington and Jefferson Colleges and today this private liberal arts and sciences institution is known for its influence in business, politics, and the arts and sciences. Notable alumni include astronaut Joe Walker, songwriter Stephen Foster, and football coach Joe Philbin.
Its roots may be deep in coal and steel, but today the area is home to a wide range of businesses, manufacturers, and Fortune 500 companies, most of which are located in nearby Cecil Township’s 610-acre Southpointe business park. Considered one of the country’s most successful mixed-use developments, the complex employs nearly 15,000 nearby residents in its 41 office buildings.
Canonsburg continues to attract new businesses, too. In early 2018, a Chicago real estate investment firm announced a $10 million investment in the former Fort Pitt Bridge Works Building with a plan to convert it into the Canonsburg Distrubution Center. Other established businesses include Sarris Candies with its city-block long chocolate factory and ice cream parlour, and All-Clad Metalcrafters, makers of superior cookware and other bonded metals.
For history buffs, there’s the F. Julius LeMoyne House, part of the Underground Railroad where slaves found refuge as they made their way north. Or head over to Old Saint Lukes Church and Burial Ground where British, French & Indian, and Revolutionary War graves can be viewed. Shoppers can visit the nearby Tanger Outlets, and nature lovers regularly head to dog-friendly Peters Lake Park for equal measures of exercise of beauty. There are plenty of walking trails, two boat launches, and great fishing opportunities.
From family dining to BBQ and old-time taverns, there’s something culinary for everyone in Canonsburg. From May through September, you can head to the Canonsburg Pike Street Farmer’s Market for fresh produce, local honey, fresh breads, arts and crafts, and free entertainment.
Both Cecil Township and North Strabane lie directly north of Canonsburg. And while each neighborhood has its own unique identity, they all offer the same family-friendly and community-centric experience for residents. It is an excellent area for corporate professionals and young families alike. The cost of living is about 5% lower than the U.S. average, and homes tend to have nice-sized lots and are are well-priced with steady appreciation.
Are you looking to make your home in Canonsburg, Cecil Township, or North Strabane? Contact us today or give us a call at 412-946-4002. Our team is ready to help you get one step closer to your dream home!