Join volunteers in period dress for a relaxing summer afternoon featuring an eighteenth century trade, craft, activity, or demonstration noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2014.
On Aug. 3, visitors can learn about animal husbandry and farm life at the Homestead Barn. Animals were an integral part of colonial life and the Boone, Maugridge, and DeTurk families all relied on animals for transportation, food, and companionship.
The following Sunday, Aug. 10, will feature a presentation on the Bertolet Sawmill by one of the Homestead’s summer interns. Originally built in Oley Township by Daniel Bertolet in the late eighteenth century, the sawmill was moved here in 1972. The presentation will cover the sawmill’s history, relocation, and restoration. Please note, the sawmill will not operate due to staff availability. On Aug. 17, children and adults can participate in exciting colonial lawn games and board games and play with eighteenth century toys. A volunteer will teach young visitors how to play games such as fox and geese, Graces, and hoop rolling. There will also be various colonial toys on hand including the cup and ball, buzz saw, and various tops.
Children will get a chance to learn how to write with a quill pen on Aug. 24 as the schoolmaster calls school into session. Visitors will also hear about how colonists communicated and the importance of writing and sending letters to disperse information.
On Aug. 31, a volunteer will demonstrate the detailed skill of gun building. The famous Pennsylvania long rifle was developed along the Blue Ridge Mountains through the Lehigh, Reading, and Lancaster valleys.
Regular admission will be charged. We ask that you please leave your dogs and other pets at home and refrain from smoking in the historic area. This program is sponsored and run by the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead. 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 run 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.
From Daniel Boone Homestead