Daniel Boone Homestead is hosting the Charter Day Open House event

The Daniel Boone Homestead Associates look forward to kicking off their 2023 season with their annual Charter Day Open House event on Sunday, March 12, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Charter Day recognizes the day William Penn received his land grant to Pennsylvania from King Charles II of England in 1681.

Celebrating the founding of Pennsylvania, the Daniel Boone Homestead offers an exciting open house event featuring living history and 18th century demonstrations, trade and hands-on activities. These include weapon making, quill writing, spinning, quilting, leatherwork, candle dipping and more. The event will also feature craft and specialty vendors, as well as food trucks and concessions.

Visitors can tour the spring cellar and first floor rooms of Boone House and learn about the three families who lived there in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Volunteers prepare a hearty meal over the stove in the kitchen.

Other historic buildings can be visited, including the homestead’s smokehouse, smithy and barn. Throughout the historical area, visitors can learn about the detailed work of leatherworking and observe the skillful work of a weapon maker.

The Hopewell Quilters will also have quilt making demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Visitors also have the unique opportunity to tour the three-room Bertolet log cabin, and children and adults can participate in a variety of hands-on activities, including pen writing, candle dipping, and 18th-century toys and games.

Visitors can see the Bertolet sawmill in action during two afternoon demonstrations. The sawmill is one of the oldest operating water-powered vertical blade sawmills in Pennsylvania. It was moved from its original location in the Oley Valley to the Homestead in 1972.

There is no admission fee for this program, but donations are welcome. No pets (except service animals) and no smoking on site. Some activities and performances are weather dependent. Visit thedanielboonehomestead.org. This program is sponsored and administered by Daniel Boone Homestead Associates.

The Daniel Boone Homestead is the birthplace of the famous frontier man who was born in 1734. Built in three stages during the 18th century, Boone House is a 10-room stone building fully furnished for the period, set on 579 acres of rolling countryside.

The Daniel Boone Homestead is halfway between Reading and Pottstown, one mile north of Rt. 422 near Baumstown. The homestead is owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and day-to-day historical operations are conducted by Daniel Boone Homestead Associates, a local non-profit organization. Charter Day is a PHMC-wide event attended by several historic sites across the state.

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