Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro

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The Daniel Boone Homestead, the birthplace of American frontiersman Daniel Boone, is a museum and historic house that is administered by the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead near Birdsboro, Berks County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It is located on nearly 600acre and is the largest site owned by the PHMC. The staff at Daniel Boone Homestead interpret the lives of the three main families that lived at the Homestead: the Boones, the Maugridges and the DeTurks. The park is just off U.S. Route 422 north of Birdsboro in Exeter Township.HomesteadSquire BooneIn 1730, Squire Boone, Daniel Boone's father, built a log cabin in the Oley Valley in what is now Berks County near present-day Reading. Daniel Boone was born in the -story log house. One wall was built of native stone. The basement of the house served as a springhouse. It provided easy access to water for cleaning, cooking and drinking. The springhouse also was useful for cold storage.Squire Boone expanded his property in 1741 when he purchased 25acre of land for use as a pasture for his dairy cattle. Squire Boone was a blacksmith and weaver. The responsibility for tending the cattle was given to Daniel. During the summer months he stayed in a rustic cabin at the edge of the pasture. From there he was able to protect the cattle from predators such as the black bear, bobcat, and mountain lions.
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  • We visited on a rainy day and had the property to ourselves. Took a guided tour of the house. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Grounds were kept very nicely and would be a great place to...  more »
  • The Daniel Boone Homestead is an interesting site worth the visit. Well kept grounds provide a very nice setting for the homestead which really consists of the stone foundation of the original cabin w...  more »
  • Daniel Boone lived here until he was about 1 1/2. The site is nearly 600 acres. I was pleased with our tour and the tour guide was quite knowledgeable. A number of Girl Scouts were in our group and th...  more »
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  • This restored homestead is a beautiful place to visit. Unfortunately, since some budget cuts, it is open fewer hours for tours than it used to be and is maybe not quite as well maintained, but fortunately a lot of dedicated volunteers keep the place up and running. As a side note, the large front meadow is used a few times a year by an RC model glider club, which is fun to go and watch.
  • Very nice educational place to visit. Knowledgeable staff and vollunteers. Well kept property. Nice walking paths. Plenty of parking. Nice gift shop. Nice educational events. Would visit again.
  • Rich in history! Will find something for anyone to be interested in. Staff is always friendly and knowledgeable about the homestead and functional parts of the site. A must see for anyone interested in the homestead life and functions.
  • This was an organized school field trip, and the folks, in full period clothing, could not have been more genuine. They were engaging, and great with the kiddos. There were several hands-on activities, which made it that much more enjoyable. Even though Daniel Boone did not spend a great deal of time there, the people who run this have taken full advantage of the educational value, giving people a very real sense of what life was like back in the 18th Century. They combined lessons in military, Pennsylvania, early U.S. and agricultural history. We came on a cold rainy day, but I could see where this would be a great place for a family hike or bike ride. One thing worth noting as a parent of a young child; there is a gift shop, but all the items for sale related in some way back to the homestead. There were very few useless nic-nacs or souvenirs. That alone deserves a 5 star rating.
  • We had a wonderful day out at the Daniel Boone homestead. There were only a couple staff members that day but it was still an absolute delight and everyone did the best with what they had.
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