• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

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Collections and Exhibits

Museum Collections
The museum collection at Valley Forge consists of a diverse set of artifacts and documents from the 1777-78 winter encampment. The collection is organized into the categories of the George C. Neumann Collection, the John F. Reed Collection, preserved historic documents, archeology, and the photographic and postcard collection.

Valley Forge has multiple exhibit areas within the park that showcase artifacts, archeological finds, natural and cultural history.

Determined to Persevere:
The Visitor Center museum gallery, "Determined to Persevere", displays the stories and struggles of the Continental Army during their winter encampment at Valley Forge. From medical practices to diversity, and from weapons to daily life as a soldier, this exhibit provides visitors with an introduction to camp life and sets the scene for their visit to the park. Temporary exhibits in this gallery vary from the 18th century through the current state of the park.

Officer's Quarters:
Officers serving at Valley Forge often rented rooms in nearby houses sharing the residences with their owners. There was one exception, that of the headquarters. General Washington was able to locate his seat of operations in a rental property where the tenant was willing to move out.

Library and Archives
The library collection consists of approximately 7,000 volumes including books, reports, theses, dissertations, and periodicals related to the Valley Forge Encampment and the American Revolution. The archives contain the park's administrative and resource management records as well as donated manuscript collections.

Did You Know?

soldiers marching

Precision marching was the key to victory on the 18th century battlefield. Inspector General Baron von Steuben made marching the central element of his training program at Valley Forge. By May the army was able to stay in formation while advancing and retreating over all types of ground.