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First Fridays

First Fridays

Daniel Boone Homestead

Bertolet Sawmill Run

Friday, June 3 - 11am and 2pm
Friday, July 1 - 11am and 2pm
Friday, August 5 - 11am and 2pm

In the 18th century sawmills were an important part of any community. Prior to the invention of the sawmill, boards needed to be split and planed by two men with a whipsaw. It was a slow process that required a lot of strength. Early sawmills like the Bertolet Sawmill used a water wheel to drive the saw blade. This mill was functional in its original location in the Oley Valley until 1934 and moved to the Homestead in 1972.  Come out and see one of the oldest working water-powered vertical blade sawmills in Pennsylvania!

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