A Visit To The Daniel Boone Homestead And A Walk Along French Creek.
After my late breakfast at the Sunset Diner in Birdsboro, Berks County, I continued my exploration of the historic area by visiting the nearby Daniel Boone Homestead. As I child I watched the popular television show about Daniel Boone. I remember reading an article about his homestead in the Reading Eagle when I was in elementary school. My dad would get this newspaper every Sunday morning. Visiting this place has been on my bucket list ever since.
Well I was excited to finally make it to this historic site Friday afternoon. But I was soon disappointed to discover the visitor center and exhibits were closed when I arrived. However, the 600 acre farmstead, with it’s many trails and 18th and 19th century structures and buildings, was open to the public.
So I spent about an hour roaming around the homestead and taking photos. . It was only while writing this blog that I learned about the history of the homestead and the structures I saw on my visit . I first walked over to this beautiful building. I learned it was the site of Daniel Boone’s birth in 1734.
However, when he was born here it was a much smaller wooden cabin. The cabin was on the frontier and Native Americans lived in the area. Panthers, bear, wolves and bobcats l roamed the woods. Daniel lived the first 16 years of his life here, until The Boone family left their home in the Oley Valley and moved to North Carolina in 1750. In 1750 relatives of the Boone family , the Maugridges purchased the homestead and made improvements. They , in turn sold the property to the DeTurks, who made more improvements to the original log cabin. The present structure is how it looked after they finished their improvements. They established a large farm on the surrounding lands. This family owned the property until the 1920’s when the last member of the family died and a local group interested in preserving it purchased the property.
I saw some buildings in a field behind the homestead and went to explore.. I discovered they were a partially reconstructed barns that was moved here in the 1950’s from other locations in the Oley Valley. They would be very be similar to the barns on the original farm homestead in the 18th and 19th centuries.
There was no one on the trail and the only person I saw during my visit was a father and son fishing in the pond by the sawmill. As I walked I imagined young Daniel Boone roaming these fields. I am sure there were still large oak and chestnut trees here and not open fields. It must have been a great place to grow up. I hope to return soon. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photos from my hike at the Daniel Boone Homestead. Daniel Boone Homestead August 12 2022.
After my hike I returned to the Inn At St. Peters Village around 2 p.m. I spent a couple hours editing my photos and decided to continue my exploration of St. Peters Village. I walked through the historic town ,
This time I hiked along rocky French Creek. I climbed on the many large boulders strewn about the stream bed.
The trail continued above the creek for about a mile under the green canopy of the large oak, white ash and beech trees. The late afternoon sun filtered through the leaves making for a quiet and peaceful walk.
On the way back I heard voices and walked down to the creek and found a few families swimming in a deep hole in the creek. There are a few of them on the mile stretch of the creek from the parking lot to Route 23. The creek was very low from the lack of rain but I understand there are some small waterfalls along the creek when there is a lot of rainfall.
I walked back to the Inn at St. Peters Village. . It was now after 6 p.m. and that meant it was time to eat. After a shower I had another wonderful meal at the 140 year old dining room at the Inn. The seafood pasta was delicious.
and I had another decadent desert called a peanut butter explosion., It was amazing and filling. I was glad I hiked 10 miles that day. After dinner I worked on my photos and was again in bed early, looking forward to another hike in French Creek State Park . Here is a link to another gallery on my blog website with some more photos from my hike along the creek. St. Peters Village French Creek August 12 2022.
“I’ve never been lost, but I was mighty turned around for three days once.”―