Valley Forge National Historical Park Travel Guide

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Valley Forge National Historical Park Things to Do

  • Statue of General Friedrich Wilhelm von...

    From Wikipedia: - - - - - - - - - Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben was a onetime member of the elite General Staff of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. No longer in the Prussian Army, indeed without employment of any kind, von Steuben offered his military skills to the patriot cause. When he arrived at Valley Forge from France on February...

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  • Walk or bike around!!

    Valley Forge is a great place to enjoy Nature. For me, Europan city girl, such open spaces were just... amazing (I've no words!!) The park has19.5 miles of designated hiking trails. In addition, hiking is permitted in most open areas of the park. The 6.6 mile Joseph Plumb Martin Trail connects the key historic and interpretive sites, you can easily...

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  • George Washington's Army huts

    No battles were fought at Valley Forge in southeastern Pennsylvania. This was a training ground for Washington's troops. Here, Washington trained his army into during the winter of 1777-78.Each tiny log cabin, heated by a small fireplace, housed 12 men. Can you imagine that in winter? No wonder so many soldiers died due to illness and hunger.The...

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  • Washington Memorial Chapel

    Dr. W. Herbert Burk founded the Memorial in 1903. As per their website: "The Memorial stands in remembrance of those brave men and women who have given so much to insure and maintain our freedom in America. But especially we remember those who gave so freely of their time, talent, treasure, and lives to win our freedom in the American Revolution"....

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  • Mothers of the Nation sculpture

    Beautiful and moving sculpture, given by Stephen Heckscher, Esq., in. honor of the Mothers of the Nation and in memory of his. wife, Henrietta Brown Heckscher, who died died on childbirth on 1912.

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  • Soldiers' Huts

    At Stop #2 on the auto tour is the defensive line of the Muhlenberg Brigade, where today stand several reconstructed huts that effectively show the primitive shelters that protected our troops (or some fraction thereof) during the harsh winter. In season, park personnel in period costume answer questions concerning the park and the huts (even...

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    A simplified version of the Triumphal Arch of Titus in Rome, the Valley Forge National Memorial Arch signifies the entrance of Washinton's Continental Army into Valley Forge.It was designed by Paul Cret, a University of Pennsylvannia professor. It was dedicated on June 19, 1917, 139 years after the evacuation of Valley forge.The memorial is carved...

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  • Von Steuben's statue

    Von Steuben offered his services to Washington in order to train the troops and to instill a regular military discipline into the ranks. In the center of the Valley Forge auto loop is the Grand Parade ground where von Steuben did his drilling. His commemorative statue stands near Stop #9 by General Varnum's quarters.

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  • Batteries

    Though there was no action here during the conflict, the colonial troops set up prudent batteries to guard against a sudden move by the British troops quartered in nearby Philadelphia. Single cannon and rows of guns appear in various places throughout the park, such as Stops 6-8, the redoubts and battery park.

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  • Washington's Headquarters

    One of the neatest structures within the park is the former home of Isaac Potts, commandeered during the 1777 winter by Washington for his headquarters. Constructed of stone in two stories with a single prominent chimney, the house seems a perfect prototype for rural domiciles of the well-to-do in the colonial period.

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  • Memorial Arch

    Erected in 1917, the Memorial Arch is the most considerable monument at Valley Forge. Commemorating the "patience and fidelity" of the soldiers who wintered here in 1777, there is no more fitting memorial to our fallen heroes throughout the state of Pennsylvania (save the Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg).

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  • Anthony Wayne statue

    "Mad" Anthony Wayne (as he became known) was one of Washington's more stalwart lieutenants, and while not as successful in his address or campaigns as Nathaniel Greene, Wayne deserves credit for his staunch support and energy during the Revolution. At Valley Forge, this bronze equestrian statue stands near where Wayne's troops were encamped during...

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Valley Forge National Historical Park Favorites

  • Park Headquarters

    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...

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  • Miscellaneous Miscellany

    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...

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  • Miscellaneous Homes

    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...

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