EXETER >> Have you ever wondered what life was like in the 18th century? Join the Daniel Boone Homestead for Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 30 — the entire site will be filled with 18th-century demonstrations.
Visit with period attired volunteers and learn about cooking on the open hearth, making butter, baking in the bake oven or smoking meat in the smokehouse. Tradesmen will demonstrate blacksmithing, gun building, barrel making, carpentry, scrimshaw, and soap making. Spinning, weaving, embroidery, sewing, and flax processing will illustrate to the visitor how painstakingly time consuming it was to make clothes for the family. The 18th-century, water-powered, vertical sawmill will run and a horse drawn wagon will take visitors around the historic area.
The Amity Colonial Dancers will perform and Darius Puff will have a display about the Native Americans in the area at the time of Daniel Boone. Children will be able to try their hand at quill pen writing, candle dipping, or colonial toys and games such as Graces. Several sampling opportunities will be available to guests including freshly baked bread and homemade butter, as well as American Heritage Chocolate. Sponsored by Mars Inc., the American Heritage Chocolate is made from a 1750 recipe and uses only ingredients that were available in the 18th century.
For an additional fee, helicopter rides will be available at this year’s event. The rides will take off from the hay field near the entrance, and fly over the Daniel Boone homestead and the lower portion of the Oley Valley. A bird’s eye view of the area will show the geographical features of the valley and the lush vegetation that attracted early settlers to the area.
Heritage Day hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and admission is $7 per adult and $4 per child age 5 to 15. A food truck will be on site for lunch. The Daniel Boone Homestead is located at 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro. For more information please call 610-582-4900 or see our website at www.danielboonehomestead.org.
Proceeds benefit the educational and interpretive programs at the Daniel Boone Homestead.