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Conrad Weiser Homestead

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When:
August 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2017-08-06T12:00:00-04:00
2017-08-06T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
28 Weiser Dr
Womelsdorf, PA 19567
USA
Cost:
Free

Conrad Weiser Homestead

Compiled and written by Jim Moyer 2/28/2017,  updated March 1,2,3 of 2017

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Conrad Weiser Homestead

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Wikipedia link on

Conrad Weiser

11/2/ 1696 – 7/13/ 1760

born Johann Conrad Weiser, Jr

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For Future Events and Updates see:

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http://www.conradweiserhomestead.org/events—news.html

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1450391024993383/

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Facebook link to Conrad Weiser Homestead

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Conrad-Weiser-Homestead/108198185875465

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EVENTS AT THE HOMESTEAD

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28 Weiser Lane, Womelsdorf PA

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2017 Special Events Calendar ​

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July 9   Living History Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.

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August 6         Living History Sunday  12 to 4 p.m.

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September 10    Living History Sunday, Domestic Day  12 to 4 p.m.

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October  15  Living History Sunday and Fall Park Walk 12 to 4 p.m.

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November 5    Fall lecture     2 p.m.

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November 18  Candlelight Tours  5:30 to 8 p.m.

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December ​3       Christmas Open House   12 to 4 p.m.​​

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Charter Day, March 12, 2017, is quickly approaching.

Charter Day is our biggest Living History event of the year.

Please come at noon

and join us in a proper 18th century Divine Service

followed by demonstrations, military drills,

and talks by soldiers, campfollowers, natives, and artisans.

Charter Day runs from 12 to 4:30 p.m.

Guided tours of the site will be available.

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For Future Events and Updates see:

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http://www.conradweiserhomestead.org/events—news.html

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1450391024993383/

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Facebook link to Conrad Weiser Homestead

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Conrad-Weiser-Homestead/108198185875465

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President George Washington

Visits November 13-14, 1793


Why are we talking about such a late date?

Isn’t this site about the French and Indian War?

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Answer:

This late date 1793 is relevant

because the internet echo chamber repeats a line

that President George Washington visited

Conrad Weiser’s homestead and grave

and paid tribute to this man.

This man, Conrad Weiser  was EXTREMELY important

to the relations between

the various Indian Nations and the Whites.

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Many websites mention GW visiting Conrad Weiser’s Homestead and Grave.

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George Washington, commenting on Weiser’s extensive activities, said: “This departed man rendered many services to his country in a difficult period, and posterity will not forget him.”

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Source:

http://www.berkshistory.org/multimedia/articles/conrad-weiser/

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More on Washington’s visit to Conrad Weiser’s Homestead and Grave:

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https://archive.org/stream/annalsofwomelsdo00crol#page/24/mode/2up

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PRIMARY EVIDENCE?

We have no primary source to confirm this,

except this evidence:

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This letter places GW in Womelsdorf PA  13 November 1793

but no mention of Conrad Weiser,

or GW’s praise of him.

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Very likely GW stayed at Stouch Tavern

because of its vicinity

and because there was a coach express

regularly stopping there,

but there is no primary contemporary account confirming such.

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Background ?

Ending first term of Presidency.

Staying Neutral between France and England War.

Federal Govt buying up States’ debt.

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The letters listed in Founders Online before and after this date confirm those issues:

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https://founders.archives.gov/search/Date%3A1793-11-13

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Why is President Washington in the Area?

Other than the reason to inspect local canal building:

YELLOW FEVER

The Yellow Fever in Philadelphia was just ending.

5,000 listed deaths between August 1 and November 9.

20,000 people flee a city of 50,000.

“Washington left the plague-ridden city for Mount Vernon on September 10. He and his cabinet reassembled in Germantown in early November. On November 11, Washington visited the city before the official all clear on November 14, but did not reoccupy the President’s House [in Philadelphia] until December.”   see Link.

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“Washington decided to hold the cabinet in early November in Germantown, at that time an independent town ten miles from the heart of Philadelphia.” 

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Germantown was then temporary capital until all was clear.

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This letter GW writes from Germantown 11 November 1793.  George Washington always datelined his letters – showing his location.

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For more about GW’s whereabouts

during this time,

see Founders Online Footnote:

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The copyist initially wrote “German Town”

on the dateline in the letter book,

but crossed that out and wrote “Lancaster.”

GW left Germantown on 12 Nov. for Lebanon, Pa.,

to view the canal being constructed by the

Schuylkill and Susquehanna Navigation Company

near Quittapahilla Creek,

and he returned via Lancaster,

arriving back at Germantown on 16 November.

GW was at Womelsdorf, Pa., on the evening of 13 Nov.

and spent several hours at Reading, Pa., on 14 November.

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See JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 251; Neue Unpartheyische Readinger Zeitung, und Anzeigs-Nachrichten (Lancaster, Pa.),

20 Nov. 1793.

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What is the Winchester VA connection

to Conrad Weiser?


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Both Conrad Weiser and George Washington

knew Andrew Montour, the Metis interpreter.

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Both Conrad Weiser 1748 and George Washington 1753

were at Logstown at different times

to attain an agreement with the Indians.

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They knew of each other before

and during the French and Indian War,

while GW used Winchester

as his frontier fort headquarters.

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Andrew Montour was at both conferences.

Conrad Weiser was at the Carlisle conference

and knew Andrew Montour and his family very well.

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Conference with the Indians,

26 September 1753 at Carlisle PA

was preceded by

Conference with Indians

10 September 1753 in Winchester VA

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Berks County’s Conrad Weiser and Daniel Boone

have connections to

Virginia’s Winchester and old Frederick County.

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LINKS


 

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Old Federal Inn in Reading PA

On November 13, 1793, Michael Wood was informed that two travel-worn voyagers who had just arrived were the dignified President George Washington and his secretary, Bartholomew Dandridge.

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http://www.goreadingberks.com/articles/article.php?articleID=70

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Note Founders Online Footnote states this visit was November 14, 1793.  And a letter proves GW was in Womelsdorf November 13, 1793.

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The Union Canal

Schuylkill and Susquehanna Navigation Company

near Quittapahilla Creek,

The canal’s goal was to join Philadelphia to the Susquehanna Valley. Surveying on what would eventually be an 82-mile-long waterway took place in the 1760s and 1770s. Actual digging began in 1792.

http://www.mbcomp.com/swatara/redirect/watertrail/waterworks.htm

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Stouch Tavern

The Stouch Tavern was the second public house of note in the pre-revolutionary settlement of Womelsdorf, and the original structure may have been built during the 1730’s. Its interior and exterior date to 1785 when Conrad Stouch purchased the property from the town’s first innkeeper, Jacob Seltzer. For nearly a century this tavern served as the hub for the Stouch-Calder Stagecoach lines operating between Harrisburg and Reading.

http://www.stouchtavern.com/aboutstouch.html

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