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Daniel Boone Homestead hosting Children's Day Sheep & Wool Program


Thursday, April 18, 2013

The following is a press release from the Daniel Boone Homestead
The Daniel Boone Homestead is hosting a Children’s Day Sheep & Wool Program on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 12-4pm
Come and experience colonial life with interactive learning and exploration! Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and demonstrations for children and their families. Children will have the opportunity to learn more about Daniel Boone’s exciting childhood in the Oley Valley and see the Homestead sheep sheared for the summer. The event will also feature the debut of the children’s book, Daniel Boone’s Boyhood Adventures in Colonial Pennsylvania. The book, written by the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead with financial assistance from the Children of the American Revolution, will be available for purchase in the bookstore. Have your book signed by the author and illustrator at no additional charge!
Children will learn about Daniel’s mother Sarah Boone as they help tend the Homestead garden and make butter. Volunteers will offer guided tours of the Boone House and the Bertolet Log House throughout the day for children and their families. Children will hear all about the hard work of blacksmithing and Daniel’s father Squire Boone as they watch a blacksmith in his shop. Volunteers will teach children how to write with a quill pen and dip candles, as they learn about handwriting, schooling, and lighting in the eighteenth century. After spending some time studiously writing their letters, children can expend some energy playing with old fashioned toys and games. Additionally, volunteers will offer a militia muster for children where they can learn about the American Revolution and march with wooden dummy guns. There will also be an author reading of the Friends’ new children’s book Daniel Boone’s Boyhood Adventures in Colonial Pennsylvania.
Young and old visitors will learn all about textile processing, including taking raw wool and flax and turning it into cloth. In anticipation for the summer season, a local sheep shearer will shear the Homestead’s four sheep. Volunteers will spin wool and explain Squire Boone’s profession as a weaver in the Oley Valley during the eighteenth century. Don’t miss this great opportunity for the whole family to learn more about how Daniel Boone lived and played as a child in the Oley Valley in the 1700s!
Admission for Children’s Day is $8.00/adult. Children 12 and under are free! There will be fresh, baked goods available for purchase. Complimentary drinks provided by the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead. Please no pets and no smoking. This program is sponsored and run by the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead and has been financed in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development Operations Center.
The Daniel Boone Homestead is the birthplace of the famed frontiersman, born in 1734. The Boone House, constructed in three stages throughout the eighteenth century, is a 10-room stone structure fully furnished to the period and situated on 579 acres of rolling countryside. The Daniel Boone Homestead is located halfway between Reading and Pottstown, one mile north of Rt. 422 near Baumstown. The Homestead is owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and daily historic operations are funded by the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead, a local, non-profit organization. If you would like more information or would like to make a donation, please contact the Daniel Boone Homestead at 610-582-4900.