Welcome to the area where I grew up in Pennsylvania before moving out on my own to the other side of Berks County (the park shown in a previous post). More to come where I lived at this time.
The Daniel Boone Homestead is 579 acres of pristine rolling countryside and is located next to the approximate 400 acres where my parents once lived. Both parents are passed on and lived at the next door estate to the end of their lives.
Boone House and Smokehouse
I grew up hiking the miles of trails connecting the properties. Next post I will show you a few images where the four-home estate was located. I could not drive back the very long private drive since the property is under new ownership, but will show you the first home located at the road. All the homes were similar to the one in which I lived, even the Boone home.
Now for the property at the Daniel Boone Homestead, my stomping grounds.
Tree Lined Driveway
This is the very long drive to the Homestead. The property where I grew up also had a long narrow drive lined with huge trees.
One of the many riding trails through the picturesque countryside in the Oley Valley. Daniel Boone once hiked these trails. He was born here in November 2, 1734, and was raised in an English Quaker household. Daniel was the sixth of eleven born to Squire and Sarah Boone. He only spent his boyhood years here before his family moved to North Carolina in 1750. He returned to visit his boyhood home twice as an adult in 1781 and 1788.
Trail to Barn.
After the Boones moved south, the Maugridge and DeTurk families occupied the property. William Maugridge was Squire Boone’s cousin. The DeTurks were Pennsylvanian Germans who prospered as farmers.
The two images above are the kitchen gardens. Herbs and vegetables are growing similar to the ones that might have been planted in the 1700s.
Barn (right), House (center) and Blacksmith House on the left.
The site today is comprised of seven period buildings, including the Boone House, Smokehouse, Blacksmith Shop, Homestead Barn, 1730s Bertolet Log House, Bake House, and Bertolet Sawmill.
Barn roof trusses and construction.
Homestead Barn, portions are original.
The Oley Valley comprises a multi-township region in eastern Berks County. It is very well-preserved with cultural heritage, colonial architecture and pristine rural countryside.
Resident Farm Geese
The Homestead is currently owned and maintained by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The property includes period buildings, a Visitor Center, miles of trails, picnic areas, a lake, and camping facilities. If you want historical background and more information on Daniel Boone Homestead, go to the link above.
The Bertolet Sawmill is a water powered, vertical blade sawmill. It originally stood in Oley Township, and was moved to this site in 1972.
Owatin Creek, ran through the Boone property and the estate where my parents lived. I loved this creek. Geese were always swimming here.
It is supported and operated by the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead, a non-profit, community support organization.
Bertolet Log Cabin
It was built in 1737 and was moved from Quarry Road in Oley Township to here in 1968. It is a great example of 18th century German log architecture. The fireplace is centrally located, typical of German construction.
The DeTurks, (last owners of the Boone property), and the Bertolets were related by marriage.
Bertolet Smokehouse was also moved here in 1968. It is both a smokehouse and bakehouse. The clay roof was typical of German construction.
A very pretty location.
In addition to showing you where my parents lived, I will show also the interior of the buildings you are seeing here today. You will see period furnishings next post.
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