Independence Day at Daniel Boone Homestead to feature tours, blacksmithing and gun building demonstrations

Commemorate our Nation’s birthday at the Daniel Boone Homestead’s Independence Day event Tuesday, July 4, 2023 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Learn about the different kinds of troops who fought for America’s freedom during the Revolutionary War including the militia, Continentals, Dragoons, and Riflemen.

Guided Boone House tours will be offered regularly throughout the day, as well as blacksmithing and gun building demonstrations. There will also be plenty of activities for children, including a militia muster activity, colonial toys and games, and crafts.

Children will get a chance to be “recruited” into the local militia as officers drum up for volunteers to fight the British. The new “recruits” will be taken through authentic eighteenth-century military drills and marches with wooden dummy guns.

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Photo courtesy of Daniel Boone Homestead.

Volunteer blacksmith’s will be making iron work used in the military and on the home front. Visitors can also observe the town’s gunsmith hard at work producing the arms necessary for the American Revolution, or take a tour of the Bertolet Log House. There will also be a Dragoon presentation where visitors can learn about the mounted soldiers and officers and their role in the Revolution.

Bring your appetite for lunch and dessert. Munchiez Food Truck and Cherry on Top ice cream truck will be joining us for the event.

​Admission for Adults is $10, Seniors (65+) $8, Youth (6-17) $5. Children 5 and under and DBHA members are free. No pets (except service animals) and no smoking. Visit:

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The Daniel Boone Homestead is the birthplace of the famed frontiersman, born in 1734. The Boone House, constructed in three stages throughout the eighteenth century, is a 10-room stone structure fully furnished to the period and situated on 579 acres of rolling countryside.

The Daniel Boone Homestead is located halfway between Reading and Pottstown, one mile north of Rt. 422 near Baumstown. The Homestead is owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and daily historic operations are run by the Daniel Boone Homestead Associates, a local, nonprofit organization.

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