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    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

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Encamped on Hallowed Ground

Train Map to Valley Forge

Courtesy of Classic Trains Magazine

Not since the Continental Army marched out of Valley Forge had so many troops encamped on this hallowed ground. The boy scout camps were established much as soldier camps had been during the 1777-1778 encampment: grouped by region, state, or country. As the scouts arrived, they worked as the soldiers did, putting up tents and kitchens. The scouts established a new tradition: erecting regional gateways. Just as during General Washington's time, Valley Forge became a small city.

Two Reading Railroad's stations served the park: Valley Forge (right) and Port Kennedy (below). Platforms at each station were expanded to serve the 34,000 scouts that attended the 1950 Jamboree and the special sightseeing excursions. During that jamboree the Reading operated 110 special trains, using 50 locomotives and 450 coaches, diners, baggage cars, and sleeping cars.

Boy Scout Exhibit
Wesley Vietzke
Traveling by train, from Valparaiso, Indiana; twelve-year-old Wesley Vietzke was one of the youngest scouts to attend the 1950 jamboree.  He treasured the adventure and even kept his identification and baggage cards. 
(VAFO 56207 and VAFO 56192)

Did You Know?

Reconstructed Soldier Cabin at Valley Forge NHP

Valley Forge NHP commemorates one of the most defining events in our nation’s history: the encampment of the Continental Army at Valley Forge in 1777-78. General George Washington’s troops embodied triumph over adversity. Their commitment was a turning point in the American Revolution.