Daniel Boone: The Formative Years

Baumstown’s most famous resident lived in the rural village two and a half cen­turies ago, but he hasn’t been forgotten by generations of Berks countians – or by the rest of the nation for that matter. Nineteen Eighty-Four may best be remembered for its apocalyptic tidings, cour­tesy of writer George Orwell, but it also marked, in November, the 250th anniver­sary of the birth...
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Into the Valley of Death

Horses, rearing in death, pitched their riders into a fren­zied mass of red­-coated soldiers, while Indians sprinted from tree to tree, leaping out to scalp the wounded and the dead. Even the dauntless Daniel Boone, then a young wagoner, cut his horses loose and fled for his life. George Washington, a volunteer lieutenant colonel, recounted years later that, “had I not been witness to the...
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Daniel Boone Homestead

Visit the actual site where the legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820) was born and raised – and learn how the Keystone State was settled in the eighteenth century. This fascinating historic site in Berks County interprets the life of the Boone family and examines the heritage of the region’s early settlers – among them English Quaker, German, Swiss, Huguenot, and...
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Heritage Highlights

Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro Independence Day Program, July 4, 1998 Summer Sundays Interpretive Programs, July-August, 1998 Fall Nature Program, September 27, 1998 Candlelight Tours, October 10, 1998 Architectural Heritage Day, October 18, 1998 Daniel Boone Birthday Program, November 1, 1998 Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford “Revolutionary Times at Brandywine”, September...
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18th Century Blanket Chest at Daniel Boone Homestead

Although its maker and country of origin have been obscured by the passage of time, one fact is clear: a decorated blanket chest, dated 1785, at the Daniel Boone Homestead, near Birdsboro, Berks County, is a highly important example of eighteenth-century rural Pennsylvania German furniture. The blanket chest was a hallmark of early Pennsylvania Germans, who used it for storage, unlike the...
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Edwin Austin Abbey, A Capital Artist

For those familiar with his majestic works of art-particularly his grand public murals – it seems improbable that Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911) had little formal training. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for just one semester, where fellow students observed he rarely finished a drawing as assigned, preferring instead to produce sketches of his own design. Abbey was...
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Kitchen at Daniel Boone Homestead

The kitchen has long been called – especially by architects, interior designers, and shelter magazines – “the heart of the home.” At the Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro, Berks County, the birthplace and childhood home of the legendary frontiersman, the kitchen was the warmest and busiest room in the house. The kitchen was known to English settlers, such as the Boone...
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