Sat, May 14|
The Daniel Boone Homestead
Heritage Wool and Textile Day
Come explore the history of wool production and textiles in the 18th-century! Heritage breeds such as Hog Island and Jacob sheep will be on site.
Time & Location
May 14, 2022, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Rd, Birdsboro, PA 19508, USA
About the Event
Daniel Boone was the son and grandson of cloth weavers from England. So much for continuing the family business! But no doubt as a young boy there would be work for him and his siblings, as most often the whole family would be involved in some part of the processing of wool and flax.
Cloth produced in Berks County in the mid 18th century would have been made from materials grown locally. Most families raised a few sheep and grew flax, a plant used to make linen. As early as 1738 a fulling mill was built on the Manatawny Creek. A fulling mill processed the woven cloth to shrink and soften the fibers.
This event features fabric dyeing, spinning, tape weaving, and more. Hands-on activities will demonstrate the process of taking wool from the sheep to the weaver's loom!
Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about quilting with the Hopewell Quilters, leatherworking, and gunsmithing. Militia wear and men's & women's clothing during the 18th century will also be discussed.
Children 5 and Under- Free