Valley Forge Travel Guide

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Valley Forge Highlights

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     A beautiful park full of history. 

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     none 

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     A must for anyone who loves history 

Valley Forge Things to Do

  • Washington Memorial Chapel

    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...

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  • George Washington's House

    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...

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  • Explored Valley Forge

    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...

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  • Arch Memorial at Valley Forge.

    This is a lovely arch. Very detailed and beautiful. I have more pictures and info on the arch memorial.

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  • Inside the huts of the soldiers at...

    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.

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  • The huts that the soldiers lived in @...

    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.very interesting. These particular huts were located across the area from Washington's headquarters at Pott's farm.

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  • Inside the kitchen at Washington's...

    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.

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  • Outside of Kitchen at Washington's...

    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.

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  • Staircase inside Washington's...

    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.

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  • Washington's bedroom inside the...

    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.

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  • Washington's office at Washington's...

    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.

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  • An office inside Washington's...

    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.

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  • We toured Washington's Headquarters

    Note: A seasonal fee is charged for admission to this site. Washington's Headquarters - Ford Mansion MuseumOpen All Year 9 - 5The 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...

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  • animal inhabitants

    These small deer are everywhere in the park and have little fear of cars and people. This park is surrounded by cities and people. This is the only wooded area for them to try and survive.

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  • Walking Tour

    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.

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  • Entrance

    This dominant feature commemorates the soldiers who wintered at Valley Forge.It can be seen from several locations as you enter the park.

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  • Walk by tour

    Replicated huts are located throughout the park. These were used as the soldiers headquarters in the winter.

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  • Pick-up a map

    This administration building provides brochures, books and maps of the park which everyone needs for the self guided tour. This is a typical better home from the 1700's and still copied today.

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Valley Forge Transportation

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    a reinactment inside Valley Forge

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 2, 2005

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    Valley forge is a driving tour. You can park at the visitors center and look around the museum, shop in the gift shop and see a short film. Then you get a map and you can rent a tape/cd to play and gives you a self paced driving tour of the entire park and all the attractions inside VALLEY FORGE.

    Welcome Center Museum
    Open All Year Daily, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

    Muhlenberg Brigade
    Open All Year 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    June 19 through August 27 Daily
    Sept. - May Saturday and Sunday

    Washington's Headquarters Museum
    Open All Year Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Valley Forge Favorites

  • by ruthmomma Written Oct 4, 2002

    Favorite thing: Make sure to visit Washington's Headquarters. There is much history.

    Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories was a Mother's day visit here. We happened on a newly married couple all in there wedding finery. Turns out that there a places here that are used regulary for wedding phots because of the view.

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