CONRAD WEISER HOMESTEAD

Conrad Weiser Homestead






Conrad Weiser was born Nov. 2, 1696 in Germany. In 1709, the Weiser family migrated to England then on to the American colonies and settled in New York. Conrad, in the years 1712-1713, resided with Mohawk Indians to learn their language to serve as a translater for the German community.

In 1729, Conrad brought his wife, Anna Eve and their children to the Tulpehocken Valley and settled on 200 arces of land.

Conrad and Anna had 14 children, 7 lived until adulthood.

Conrad, besides being a farmer, tanner and businessman, was hired to guide the Pennsylvania Indian Policy. He received a commission of Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st. Batatalion, Pennsylvanis Regiment.

Conrad Weiser served as magistrate of Lancaster County and helped lay out the City of Reading in 1748. In 1752, he helped establish Berks County and was the President Judge until his death. Mr. Weiser died on July 13, 1760.

In 1907, a storm and fire damaged the Weiser Homestead. The owners considered bulldozing or dynamiting the house.



This plaque reads: POSTERITY WILL NOT FORGET HIS SERVICES-WASHINGTON

IN MEMORY OF COL. CONRAD WEISER

PIONEER, SOLDIER, DIPLOMAT, JUDGE.

AS INTERPIETER AND INDIAN AGENT, HE NEGOTIATED EVERY TREATY FROM 1732 UNTIL NEAT THE CLOSE IF FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR.

THE WEISER BUILDING, WHERE HE OFTEN MET THE INDIANS IN CONFERENCE, WAS ERECTED BY HIM ON THIS SIGHT 1751.

BORN IN GERMANY IN 1696, ARRIVED IN BERKS IN 1729. DIED IN 1760 NEAR WOMELSDORF, WHERE HIS REMAINS ARE BURIED. HIS UNSWEARING HONESTY SET A SHINING EXAMPLE TO FUTURE GENERATIONS.

UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF BERKS COUNTY, THIS TABLET WAS ERRECTED BY THE SCHOOL CHILDREN OF THE COUNTY.



CONRAD WEISER TRADING POST

A HEWN-LOG BUILDING ERECTED ON THIS SITE ABOUT 1750; OPERATED UNTIL 1760 BY CONRAD WEISER, DISTINGUISHED PIONEER SETTLER, TREATY MAKER, INDIAN AGENT AND INTERPRETER, AND FIRST BERKS COUNTY LAY JUDGE.













The Weiser Homestead, on the first floor, consisted of two rooms. The second floor was an unfinished attic where some of the children slept.







The Visitors Center



Another view of the Weiser Homestead



The Spring House and Bake House



The Maintenace Building, closed to the public.



The Pond. Ice Skating is allowed.



Bridge over the pond. On the wall the stone reads: DIETRICH

ALTHOUSE

FAMILIES

OF BERKS COUNTY



American Doughboy Statue Erected 1926



Conrad Weisers' Grave



Cemetery



This land is adjacted to the cemetery. The office said there are no burials but we picked up some with the Divining Rods.



Conrad Weiser Monumment



On the sides of the Monument erected 1909





Shikellamy Statue Made in New York 1930



The plaque on the statue reads: SHIKELLAMY

BOULDER

ERECTED BY

IMPROVED

ORDER

OF RED MEN

DEGPEE OF POCAHONTAS

OF BERKS COUNTY PENNA

1923



REV. DR. HENRY MELCHIOR MULENBERG PATHWAY BY THE MULENBERG FAMILY

The Rev. married one of Conrad Weiser's daughters.