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Kite Day at Daniel Boone Homestead

Kite Day at Daniel Boone Homestead

by Daniel Boone Homestead Associates

Image by Shlomaster from Pixabay

The Daniel Boone Homestead Associates are excited to offer a new event this summer – Kite Day! The event will be held on Sunday, June 9, from noon to 4 p.m.

Bring your favorite kite and join us for an afternoon of kite flying. June 10th marks Benjamin Franklin’s kite flying experiment in 1752, where he tied a key to his kite and took it out during a thunderstorm to see if an electrical charge was produced. However, there is uncertainty as to the extent to which this experiment occurred, and some historians even believe the famous storm experiment is mostly a myth. Regardless of how exactly Mr. Franklin discovered electricity, we hope you’ll join us to celebrate with your family and friends.

The second owner of the Daniel Boone Homestead, William Maugridge, was an acquaintance of Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia prior to his moving to Berks County. Both belonged to the same clubs and organizations in Philadelphia in the mid-18th century. After purchasing the Boone property in 1750, Maugridge became one of the first magistrates or judges of Berks County when the county was founded in 1752.

In addition to flying your favorite kite, visitors can learn about Benjamin Franklin and some of his simpler science experiments. We will even have some hands-on experiments for families to try. Volunteers will also be demonstrating kite flying throughout the afternoon.

Admission for Kite Day is free. Guided tours of the Boone House will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Guided tour admission applies – Adults $10.00, Seniors (65+) $8.00, Youth (6-17) $5.00. Children 5 and under and DBHA members are free. Visit our website or Facebook page more information – and Daniel Boone Homestead on Facebook. The event is sponsored and run by The Daniel Boone Homestead Associates.

The Daniel Boone Homestead is the birthplace of the famed frontiersman, born in 1734. The Boone House, constructed in three stages throughout the 18th 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. If you would like more information or would like to make a donation, please contact the Daniel Boone Homestead at 610-582-4900.