Amy Brown, 33
My husband and I discovered Macedonia entirely by accident when we got lost on the way to Pittsburgh three years ago. We planned our trip to avoid toll roads between our Tremont home and our Pennsylvania destination. The directions took us along state Route 82, which runs right through Macedonia.
All of a sudden, we saw all of these families on all of these soccer fields and it looked like an idyllic part of the world with all of the diversity that we did not grow up with in our respective communities. We both said, “This place is so cool!”
Three months later, we were house-hunting as we were expecting a child, looking for more land, better school districts, proximity to the national park and more diversity. I’m white and my husband is Black, and we wanted our kids to grow up with kids who looked like them. We found one house that we loved, and then we both realized, “This is that random town with the diversity that we both thought was perfect!”
When I tell people we’re in Macedonia they’re like, “That sounds like a foreign land.” But that’s cool, you don’t have to move here. We want to keep it our little secret.