Favorite thing: Visitors to Valley Forge should properly start their trip at the visitor center, complete with a bookstore and helpful personnel. Nearby stands the park's headquarters, a stone construction meant to blend in with the other buildings within the park (unlike the modern visitor center). Nonetheless, Valley Forge is an interesting historical tour and a beautiful park throughout the self-guided auto tour.
Favorite thing: Apart from the iron foundry (of which some remnants supposedly remain), there are other period structures that receive virtually no attention to the average visitor. It is true that deer (estimated to run close to 1,300) overrun the open fields within the park, but for history buffs and those enamored with things in the American East, other less-celebrated structures can still draw one's attention.
Favorite thing: Some of the structures within the Valley Forge boundaries were directly related to the encampments, the planning or the soldiers' lives during the Winter of 1777-8. Some of these include a covered bridge and an iron foundry, but also a few homes of the period such as the Knox home. Doubtless these homes were used as hospitals or officers' quarters at one time or another since there was not enough shelter for the entire army.
Favorite thing: Most military parks in the United States are full of monuments and memorials to commemorate the soldiers involved. Near the Memorial Arch at Valley Forge is a twin stand of columns mounted by flying eagles, which, without serving any commemorative purpose, help to beautify the park for today's army of joggers and walkers and those who merely drive through.
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