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Berks Upcoming Events – Daniel Boone Homestead hosts Independence Day event

The Daniel Boone Homestead in Exeter Township hosts an Independence Day event to commemorate our Nation’s birthday on Thursday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 gunsmithing 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 18th-century military drills and marches with wooden dummy guns.

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 18th-century military drills and marches with wooden dummy guns. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Boone Homestead)

The Homestead’s volunteer blacksmith will be making iron work used in the military and on the home front.

Visitors can also observe the Homestead’s gunsmith hard at work producing the arms necessary for the American Revolution and 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.

Admission for adults is $10, for seniors (65+) $8, and youth (6-17) $5. Admission is free for children age 5 and younger and DBHA members. Additional fees apply for food and beverage purchases.

No pets (except service animals) and no smoking.

The event is sponsored and presented by the Daniel Boone Homestead Associates, a nonprofit organization that runs the daily historic operations.

The Daniel Boone Homestead Associates also brings back History Camp this summer.

From July 15 to 19, 9 a.m. to noon, learn about Daniel Boone’s childhood in the Oley Valley – get your hands dirty in the colonial garden and see what colonists would have grown, make a hex sign, and learn how to weave a potholder.

Each morning will feature a different theme with hands-on activities: Pennsylvania German culture, farm life and the Colonial garden, Daniel Boone, and early American trades.

History Camp is for children ages 6-12. Registration is required. Cost is $145 for DBHA members and $160 for non-members. Email thedanielboonehomestead@gmail.com for a registration form. Space is limited to 15 participants. Register by July 8.

The birthplace of the famed frontiersman born in 1734, the Daniel Boone Homestead is owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

For more information, visit www.thedanielboonehomestead.org and the Daniel Boone Homestead on Facebook or call the Daniel Boone Homestead at 610-582-4900.

Whiskey Distilling in Berks County

Berks History Center will host an event that will take attendees on a journey through the storied past of whiskey production and culture in Berks County.

This educational and entertaining event promises an enriching experience for history enthusiasts and whiskey aficionados alike.

“A Spirited People: Whiskey Distilling in Berks County” will take place on July 20 and 27, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. inside Berks History Center Museum’s Terrence E. Connor Auditorium, 940 Centre Ave., Reading.

Local historian Bradley Smith will give a presentation at the Berks History Center event "A Spirited People: Whiskey Distilling in Berks County" on July 20 and 27. (Photo courtesy of the Berks History Center)
Local historian Bradley Smith will give a presentation at the Berks History Center event “A Spirited People: Whiskey Distilling in Berks County” on July 20 and 27. (Photo courtesy of the Berks History Center)

The event will feature a presentation from local historian, Bradley Smith, and guided drink tastings courtesy of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery from New Tripoli.

Attendees will have the  opportunity to learn about the early distilleries that dotted the landscape of Berks County, the impact of Prohibition, and the resurgence of craft distilling in recent years.

Smith will explore how whiskey has influenced the region’s culture and economy from the 1700s to present day.

In addition to the educational aspect, attendees will enjoy sampling a variety of locally-crafted spirits, including summer-inspired and classic drinks from Eight Oaks Distillery. The event aims to deepen appreciation for the artistry and tradition of whiskey production while celebrating the vibrant community of Berks County.

Tickets for “A Spirited People: Whiskey Distilling in Berks County” are available for purchase online at berkshistory.org or by calling 610-375-4375. The cost is $20 for BHC members and $30 for non-members. Early registration is recommended.


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