BIRDSBORO PA – Visitors normally pay an admission fee to tour the grounds and enjoy the historic sights at Daniel Boone Homestead, birthplace in 1734 of famed frontiersman and coonskin-capped legend Daniel Boone, in Birdsboro only a few miles northwest of Pottstown. On Sunday (March 11, 2012), though, they’ll get in free.
- Learn more about Daniel Boone and the Homestead in the video, above, or see it at the YouTube channel of BerksTimeTrain.
That’s because Sunday marks the 331st observance of Charter Day, when William Penn received his land grant for Pennsylvania from King Charles II of England. It’s the one day of the year when many Pennsylvania state historic sites open their gates at no cost. The homestead, at 40 Daniel Boone Rd., Birdsboro, will be among them, and has a full day of activities planned.
Its historic area will be filled with volunteers interpreting life in the 18th century. Visitors can tour the Boone House and Bertolet Log Cabin to learn about hearth cooking, as costumed interpreters prepare an authentic meal.Additional demonstrations will include meat smoking, leather-working, textile processing, and spinning.
Additionally, all the site’s historic buildings with be open, and blacksmithing and gun building demonstrations will continue throughout the day in the blacksmith shop. At the rifle range, the 1st Pa Regiment of the Continental Line will be conducting flintlock shooting demonstrations and chatting with visitors. Local resident and Native American Darius Puff will share stories about Native American heritage, life, and culture.
While in the Boone house, Robert Mouland will treat visitors to parlor music. In the wayside lodge, visitors can join the Amity Colonial Dancers as they illustrate different 18th century dances. Activities for children will also be available throughout the day, including eighteenth-century toys and games.
Light refreshments will be provided, and donations gratefully accepted.
The program is sponsored and operated 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. For more information on the day, call 610-582-4900.