Conrad Weiser Homestead, Womelsdorf

#154 of 232 in Historic Sites in Pennsylvania
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Conrad Weiser Homestead was the home of Johann Conrad Weiser, who enlisted the Iroquois on the British side in the French and Indian War. The home is located near Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pennsylvania in the United States. A designated National Historic Landmark, it is currently administered as a historic house museum by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The historic site was established in 1923 to preserve an example of a colonial homestead and to honor Weiser, an important figure in the settlement of the colonial frontier.

The site includes period buildings and an orientation exhibit on a 26-acre (110,000 m2) landscaped park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.. The park features walking and hiking paths, meadows, groves and a pond. The park contains statues of Conrad Weiser and of Shikellamy, an Onondaga chief who befriended Weiser and helped him keep the peace on the frontier of colonial Pennsylvania. The Friends of the Conrad Weiser Homestead assist in operating the programs.

The house was built in 1729 of native limestone. It was expanded several times over the years but it does include an original single room with fireplace and bake oven and a second room that Weiser added to his home in 1750. The home is decorated with many of the furnishings and household tools that were most common during the frontier era. A family cemetery behind the house is the final resting place of Weiser, his wife Anna and many friendly Indian Chiefs.

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  • We visited on a pouring down rainy day. We also went on a special History day - so it was free to visit. The place is run by dedicated volunteers who pour their time and talent into keeping this...  more »
  • The homestead consists of a handful of buildings on very pleasant park grounds. Admission is free as are the tours which include a film. You will learn who Conrad Weiser was and how very important...  more »
  • This property is smaller that I expected. It has buildings including the visitor center, a large grassy area, and a garden center. This is a great place to walk around, and check out the buildings and trees. I saw some people having a picnic there. The property is very clean and spacious. This place is dogfriendly.
  • Extremely beautiful place. The museum is great, and the outdoors is even better! Definitely stop by if you have the chance.

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