- Birdsboro, PA
- Site Type:
- Parks and Recreation, Archaeology and History, Campgrounds and Cabins, Lakes and Ponds, Picnic and Other Facilities, Park Roads and Bridges, Landscaping and Tree Planting, Lodges, Ranger Stations and Visitor Centers, Paths and Trails, Historical Restoration
- New Deal Agencies:
- National Youth Administration (NYA), Work Relief Programs
- G. Edwin Brumbaugh, Markley Stevenson
The Daniel Boone Homestead is a 579-acre park with multiple historic structures including the birthplace of famed pioneer Daniel Boone. The site is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The National Youth Administration (NYA) played a key role in the development of the site. Over 100 NYA workers graded the landscape, built roads, trails, fences, and campsites, installed picnic tables and planted trees. They excavated the Daniel Boone Lake, constructed the Wayside Lodge, and a few of the most skilled workers assisted in the restoration of the homestead. Architect G. Edwin Brumbaugh and landscape architect Markley Stevenson oversaw the work. The part of the site development work done by the NYA began about November 1, 1938 with the dedication ceremony and ended June 5, 1942 when the last worker left.
Calamia, Lynne M. (2015). A New Deal for Historic Preservation: The Impact of Relief Funding on The Cultural Landscape of Pennsylvania, 1932-1941 [Doctoral dissertation, Pennsylvania State University] pages 124-134. https://etda.libraries.psu.edu/files/final_submissions/10683 (accessed 4/5/2023)
https://www.thedanielboonehomestead.org/visitor-s-guide (accessed 4/5/2023)
https://www.thedanielboonehomestead.org/history (accessed 4/5/2023)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Boone_Homestead (accessed 4/5/2023)
Site originally submitted by Andrew Gallentine on April 5, 2023.
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