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Local florist says business is oldest in U.S., dates back before Civil War

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – A Pennsylvania florist with a nationwide following is celebrating its 171st anniversary this year, which owners say makes it the oldest in the country.

It all began 171 years ago with a greenhouse on Butz Street in New Castle. The location looks much different now. These days, the road is lined with homes, and Butz Flowers operates out of a shop downtown.

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“Going back in the ’70s and ’80s, there were nine flower shops in New Castle, Pennsylvania. There are three left and I own two,” owner Mark Kauffman said.

The company was founded in 1850 when Paul Butz immigrated from Switzerland and started a wholesale business specializing in orchids. At one point, Kauffman says the family had 60,000 orchid plants.

“They would bring them down in horse and buggy to put them on the train, and they…

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