Note: A seasonal fee is charged for admission to this site.
Washington's Headquarters - Ford Mansion Museum
Open All Year 9 - 5
The national park consists of four non-contiguous units: Washington’s Headquarters with the Ford Mansion and Headquarters Museum, the Fort Nonsense Unit, the Jockey Hollow Unit, and the New Jersey Brigade Area. The Jockey Hollow Unit includes the Wick house (headquarters of General Arthur St. Clair), five reconstructed soldier huts, and approximately 27 miles of walking trails.
The originial staircase had to be repair and mostly replaced. The railing is the actual railing in the home and is the actual railing that Washington's hands touched as he climbed and descended the stairs.
YES!!! My hands touched where George Washington's hands rested. I was so excited.
You can drive along a car route that starts at the Valley Forge visitor center and ends back there to get to the building General George Washington stayed it during the winter of 1777, while his Revolutionary Army was encamped at Valley Forge.
The building is open to the public and free, and is furnished. You can visit Washigton's study, the kitchen, the bedroom. I always love the old fashioned beds and kitchens!
The Episcopal Chapel at Valley Forge is definitely worth a visit, and they still have church services in it on Sundays. It has beautiful gothic architecture, a gift shop and a used bookstore that benefits charity behind it. We just missed the church service, but the choir sounded nice. I got several books at the store which was larger than one would have expected.
This is the first room when you enter the house. It was used for his officers and advisors. They would also sleep in this room and write all of his letters to the units.
Most of the furniture is originial.
This is the inside of Washington's kitchen. The area above this room was where the slaves slept and the only way to access was via a ladder.
The fireplace was 3/4 of the entire wall and big enough to stand inside.
Some more of the huts that can be viewed from the outside. The soldiers had very little to eat and became very ill during the winter months. Many died just living in these huts because diseases were contageous.
This is the side view of the outside of the house he rented at Pott's farm. This was the kitchen.
Notice the rounded section, that was the well.
The area above the kitchen is where the slaves stayed.
Most of the huts were made like log houses but out of any type of wood they could find.
They were grouped together by units and each units hut varied differently from different aspects depending on the state they came from.
These particular huts were located across the area from Washington's headquarters at Pott's farm.
We started in the Visitor Center where we got a map and visited the gift & book shop. There were many exhibits and tour trolley's. There was a list of special events for the day and movies that were presented. We saw hikers, picnickers, and those that towed their horses to ride. The national park is opened daily from 10 to 5.
We drove our car along the 10 mile trail inside Valley Forge National Historic Park. Each stop on the map was numbered with a picture of what we were looking at.
Inside the Valley Forge Station on the Schuylkill River we saw men dressed in the time who told us about the station in Washington's era. Next door was the Isaac Potts House, Washington's Headquarters. We went into Commander in Chief Guard Hutts where 12 men slept around a fireplace and a tape with sensor re enacted events from the time.
We stopped at many plaques, statues, monuments, homes ... drove across a covered bridge. The National Memorial Arch was dedicated in 1917 commemorating the soldiers who wintered in Valley Forge in 1777 to 1778.
Washington Memorial chapel was built as a tribute to the American Patriots of the Revolution. The stained glass windows over the alter are a tribute to Martha and over the door is the George Washington Window. The pains tell stories that represent their lives. The Daughters of the Revolution paid for the Patriots Bell Tower and the Justice Bell is a replica of the Liberty Bell.
One of my children's favorite things there was a creek that runs at the foot of George Washington's Headquarters. They could take off there shoes and walk on the rocks. This also helped to burn off a little energy.
There is such a large area here that you don't feel overwhelmed by crowds. There are bike trails for bikers and joggers all through the park. You can go there on a lovely spring day and see people having picnics, riding bikes, jogging, or just site seeing. We have also seen plenty of kite flyers.
This is the second room inside the hall of the farm Washington used as his headquarters. It was the office in which he used during his stay. Most of the furniture is original.
At the top of the stairs the first room belonged to George and Martha during their stay at the headquarters.
Most of the furniture is original and Washington did sleep in this bed.
This is what the inside looked like in the huts. Dirt floors, with wooden cots used three high on each side to accommodate 12 soldiers. With a small fireplace at the end for cooking and heat.
This is a lovely arch. Very detailed and beautiful. I have more pictures and info on the arch memorial.