Famous frontiersman Daniel Boone, who opened the American frontier through the Allegheny Mountains was born in the Boyertown area. In fact, the Boones of Pennsylvania had lived in the Boyertown area since its very founding. George Boone, Daniel Boone’s grandfather arrived in 1717, a year before the Colebrookdale Iron Furnace was established on the banks of Manatawny Creek. Daniel Boone was born in 1734 and lived at the property until he was 14, when the family moved to North Carolina. As a youth, he learned the ways of a pioneer plantation, spending many summers in a rustic cabin at the edge of the property tending and protecting cattle from wilderness threats. There he also learned his love of hunting, plus the skills to perform many of the fearless frontier feats of his later years.
Today, the Daniel Boone Homestead encompasses 600 acres, with buildings restored to illustrate the daily lives of the Boone, Maugridge, and de Turk families who all lived there. The present home evolved from the one-story log house built by Daniel Boone’s father in 1730. The stone walls of the springhouse serve as the foundation of the larger house. Other buildings include the Smokehouse, the Blacksmith Shop, and the Homestead Barn. The Bertolet House, an excellent example of early Pennsylvania German architecture was built in 1737 and moved here. Common to many early German homes, the fireplace is centrally located to open into the kitchen, with a parlor and bedroom behind it. Medieval architectural influences can be seen in the building’s asymmetry, steeply pitched roof, flared eaves, and casement windows. Now owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the location is open for touring regularly scheduled hours.