Aaron Levy, the founder of Aaronsburg, PA, circa 1786.
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Aaron Levy founded Aaronsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1786, with a vision of religious and racial tolerance

Credit: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

In 1779, Aaron Levy, a Jewish merchant from Philadelphia, purchased some 334 acres in Northumberland County, which he hoped to develop into the county seat. Sometime around 1789, Levy deeded Aaronsburg, the town he founded, to local German Protestants.

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