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Valley Forge National Historical Park

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.

—Jeff Bransford

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.

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beverly

June 24, 2013

Randy was a great tour guide! I don't know his last name but he is the guy that looks like George Washington. I learned a lot!

Historybuff

November 10, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Valley Forge National Park on July 27, 2008. The Park Rangers and the personnel at the Visitor Center were welcoming and interested in helping us with any questions regarding the Park. In addition, they extended themselves further by asking us if we needed additional information for local restaurants, hotels, and other areas of interest. There is an area in the Visitors Center that has a large selection of local brochures. We took the trolley tour and it was well worth the $15.00 per person. The trolley driver, Joe, was very friendly and also very welcoming. Our tour guide, Joe, (yes, same name as the driver) was a wealth of information and encouraged questions. He was also lots of fun and entertaining. We also enjoyed the stops on the trolley tour where costumed park employees gave us an idea of what it was like to be a Continental Soldier and we were surprised to learn how many soldiers' families were encamped at Valley Forge. Another highlight for us was to go into the original house that served as General Washington's headquarters. The Park Ranger, Bill, that was assigned to the headquarters was also very knowledgeable and respectful of the historical value of the house. For us, to be able to stand in the headquarters represented a wonderful link to an important time in our country's history. Very surreal to stand there and imagine George Washington sitting in one of the front rooms during that time. We are already talking about revisiting the park so we can further explore the park based on the unique and additional historical information we received while we took the tour. A must do for history buffs.

Sierra Explorer

November 10, 2011

I visited Valley Forge in 2001 as part of a class field trip and greatly enjoyed it. It was really neat to be able to stand on the same ground that some of the bravest soldiers in our nation stood on.

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