He knew great success. And, he knew great tragedy. During his lifetime, Mr. Mueller faced challenges with grace and humility. Here is his story. Here’s what inspired him to act as a force for good.


Sebastian Mueller is born in Bavaria.


Mr. Mueller’s mother dies. The 9-year-old orphan is raised by his father’s sister.


24-year-old Mr. Mueller immigrates to Pittsburgh to work in the factory of his cousin H.J. Heinz.


Sebastian Mueller marries Elizabeth Heinz, the younger sister of H.J. Heinz.


Daughters Elsa Marguerite (3 months) and Alma Eleonore (20 months) succumb to diphtheria.


A son named Stanford Leland is born. Unfortunately, Stanford dies in 1912 at age 18 from scarlet fever.


Mr. Mueller purchases farm property in Richland Township, Pennsylvania, where he can raise horses and host Heinz company outings. He names this summer estate Eden Hall Farm.


Wife Elizabeth dies. With no heirs, Mr. Mueller wills his estate to establish Eden Hall Farm as a respite home for women. 


First labor strike at Heinz begins, an event that devastates Mr. Mueller.


Heinz labor strike ends, and Mr. Mueller retires.


Mr. Mueller dies at the family home in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania.


Mr. Mueller’s legacy blooms as Eden Hall Foundation is established to benefit the education, health care and human services.


Eden Hall Foundation gifts Eden Hall Farm to Chatham University, now known as the Eden Hall Farm Campus of Chatham University.

2008 – Present

Eden Hall Foundation continues the legacy of Mr. Mueller by engaging with organizations whose missions improve the quality of life for all throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.