The encampment of the Continental Army at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 is one of the most famous episodes of the American Revolution. Under the command of General George Washington, troops arrived to Valley Forge battle-weary and demoralized. But in a matter of a few months, the Army underwent a remarkable rebirth and emerged as a cohesive fighting force that ultimately turned the tide of the Revolution.
Today, the park is rich with evidence of these amazing times. The headquarters of Washington and his generals still stand, many of which are accessible to visitors. The expansive Grand Parade protects the area in which tens of thousands of soldiers lived and trained during these historic months. But Valley Forge also serves a very important modern purpose, protecting over 3,400 acres of land and 1,000 species of wildlife in the densely populated Philadelphia metropolitan area. No area has more open space within 50 miles of the park.
The landscapes, structures, and cultural resources of Valley Forge are tangible links to one of the most defining events in our nation’s history. Perhaps the biggest challenge facing park managers today is the ability to protect these treasures against the forces of nature and the forces of humankind. Not only is time taking its toll on the historical buildings, but suburban growth is accelerating in and around the park. NPCA encourages you to visit Valley Forge to embrace the story of our heritage and, just as importantly, uncover ways to ensure it can be told for generations to come.
If You Go
Valley Forge Now Offers Spanish Cell Phone Tours
The Spanish version of the cell phone tour is available 24 hours a day at 484-396-1015. The tour comprises a series of two to three minute-long messages that inform listeners about the park’s monuments, how Valley Forge got its name, origins of regiments encamped there in the winter of 1777-78, and more. Since visitors use their own cell phones, the only costs they incur are their calling plan minutes.
The English version of the cell phone tour is available at 484-396-1018.
Valley Forge National Historical Park has recently been honored in National Geographic's USA 101: A Guide to America's Iconic Places, Events, and Festivals.
NPCA REGION:Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
Category:National Historical Park
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