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Clarion County mansion and

Clarion County mansion and its 1,500 acres are on the market for $24 million
January 30, 2010
The owner spent 11 years renovating the empty, vandalized home

By Marylynne Pitz Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

FOXBURG, Pa. -- Working for decades as an orthopedic surgeon Arthur Steffee found time to invent a plate-and-screw device to straighten spines. In 1998, he sold AcroMed. Corp., a Cleveland-based maker of spinal implants, for $325 million.

With plenty of money and time on his large, gnarled hands, the determined physician spent the past 11 years renovating a historic home in this Clarion County town 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Now, he's trying to sell the house and 1,500 acres along the Allegheny and Clarion rivers for $24 million, listing it with agent Robert Smith of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services' Butler office.

"I'm 75. I find it very difficult to keep going at everything full bore," said Dr. Steffee, who also is Foxburg's unofficial mayor.

Since his arrival, he has transformed the community by building the Foxburg Inn, Foxburg Wine Cellars and Foxburg Pizza & Country Store. He also restored a theater on the Carnegie Library's second floor. His estate is often a setting for fundraisers that benefit the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts.