Boone Experience Saturday Recreates Historic Textile-Making

BIRDSBORO PA – The history of wool and textile production during the 18th century is the focus of Heritage Wool and Textile Day, scheduled for Saturday (May 14, 2022) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Daniel Boone Homestead, a Pennsylvania historic site located one mile north of Rt. 422 near Baumstown. It was the birthplace in 1734 of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone.

Boone was the son and grandson of cloth weavers from England. As a young boy there likely was work for him and his siblings, as most often the whole family would be involved in some part of the processing of wool and flax. Cloth produced in Berks County in the mid-18th century would have been made from materials grown locally.

Most families of the period raised a few sheep and grew flax, a plant used to make linen. As early as 1738, a fulling mill was built on the Manatawny Creek to process, shrink and soften the fibers of woven cloth.

Many of the processes needed to take wool from the sheep to the weaver’s loom will be demonstrated during the afternoon, including sheep shearing and other hands-on demonstrations. Heritage breeds such as Hog Island and Jacob sheep will be on site.

Tickets for the event cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children age 6 and older, and children 5 and younger are admitted free. Tickets are available at the site. The program is sponsored and run by the Daniel Boone Homestead Associates, the site’s support organization.

Photo and video by The Post from an earlier Boone Homestead event