The first European settlers in the Oley Valley arrived in the early 1700s, primarily Germans, French Huguenots and Swedes seeking religious freedom. President Abraham Lincoln’s great-grandfather arrived shortly after. Famous pioneer Daniel Boone was born here in 1734. In the very heart of the Pennsylvania German settlement, Pennsylvania Dutch is still spoken by the older residents.
Today, the entire village of Oley is on the National Register of Historic Places and likely the best preserved and most cohesive historic village in the region. The homes are incredibly well preserved and a bypass which routes traffic around the historic core has preserved the serenity of the historic place.