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Birdsboro in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bird Mansion

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 20, 2020
1. Bird Mansion Marker
Inscription.  
William Bird c 1706-1761
In 1751, William Bird, pioneer ironmaster, built the stone mansion which now houses the Birdsboro Community Memorial Center. The home which faced the Schuylkill River, was conveniently situated across from his oron forge, and the mouth of Hay Cree as it enters the river. Throughout the years, it has served as the ironmaster's residence and office, a hotel, and also a company store.

Mark Bird 1739-1812
Mark Bird, son of William, recognizing the need for additional pig iron for three forges he operated, built Hopewell Furnace, circa 1770. The furnace was located on the North fork of French Creek, Union Township. Appointed Assistant Deputy Quartermaster during the American Revolution, Colonel Mark Bird produced cannon, shot and shell, and armaments for both the Pennsylvania and Continental governments, and he sent 1,000 barrels of flour from his mill down the Schuylkill River to feed George Washington's troops encamped at Valley Forge in 1778.

James Wilson 1742-1798
In 1771, Rachel Bird, Mark's sister, married James
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 20, 2020
2. Bird Mansion Marker
Wilson, an attorney, patriot and statesman. Wilson maintained law offices in Philadelphia, Reading, and Carlisle. The wedding took place at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Douglassville, and the reception was held at the Bird Mansion. Wilson is perhaps best remembered as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and as an early Supreme Court Justice, appointed by President Washington.
 
Erected by Birdsboro Rotary Club.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Appalachian Iron Furnaces, the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series lists.
 
Location. 40° 15.992′ N, 75° 48.394′ W. Marker is in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is on East Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 345/724) just east of North Mill Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 E Main St, Birdsboro PA 19508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birdsboro (a few steps from this marker); Birdsboro World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Birdsboro Trailhead (within
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shouting distance of this marker); The Mercantile (within shouting distance of this marker); Neighborhoods (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Legion Post 626 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The E. & G. Brooke Iron Company World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birdsboro Steel (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birdsboro.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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