BIRDSBORO PA – Visitors to the Daniel Boone Homestead (at top and below) can experience colonial life with interactive learning and exploration May 7 (2023; Saturday) during the Pennsylvania historic site’s annual Children’s Day, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. at the homestead grounds, 400 Daniel Boone Rd. It’s the birthplace of the famed frontiersman, born in 1734.
The event offers an afternoon of hands-on activities and demonstrations for children and their families. They will have opportunities to learn more about Boone’s childhood in the Oley Valley, and participate in 18th century hands-on activities that includes candle dipping, quill-pen writing and butter-making.
Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors age 65 and older, and $5 for children ages 6-17, and can be purchased at the site on the day of the event. Those younger than age 6, and members of the Daniel Boone Homestead Associates, will be admitted free. The site is smoke-free, and although service animals are allowed pets are not. The event is operated by the associates.
Children will learn about Daniel’s mother, Sarah Boone, and her famous butter and cheese as they explore the spring cellar and smokehouse. Volunteers will talk about food preservation, and children will have a chance to help make butter and tend the Homestead garden.
Guided tours of the Boone House and the Bertolet Log House will be offered throughout the day. At the Bertolet Log House, children will be able to explore animal furs and skins, and play with colonial toys and games. Volunteers will teach children how to write with a quill pen and dip candles, as they learn about handwriting, schooling, and lighting in the 18th century.
Additionally, children can participate in a militia muster activity, where they will learn about the American Revolution and practice marching drills.
Families also will learn about textile processing of the time, and about Daniel’s father’s profession as a weaver. The Hopewell Quilters will provide a demonstration and hands-on activity for children. Visitors can also watch a spinning demonstration and try carding wool.
For more information, call the homestead at 610-582-4900, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos provided by the Daniel Boone Homestead