• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Exhibits

TregoMarchtoValleyForge

The March to Valley Forge

William T. Trego, 1883
Courtesy of The American Revolution Center

The March to Valley Forge
William T. Trego, 1883
Trego, a 19th- century artist of heroic paintings, found inspiration in a passage from Washington Irving's, Life of George Washington, "Sad and dreary was the march to Valley Forge; uncheered by the recollection of any recent triumph, as was the march to winter-quarters…Hungry and cold were the poor fellows who had so long been keeping the field; for provisions were scant, clothing worn out, and so badly off were they for shoes, that the footsteps of many might be tracked in blood." Perhaps the artist, who became seriously handicapped during his early childhood, had a special understanding of the hardship and perseverance of the troops.

This exhibit is on display in the Visitor Center, Courtesy of The American Revolution Center

 
Boy Scout Pilgrimage 1949

They Chose Valley Forge
In the late 1940s, the Cold War commenced-an unsettling period of repeated crises and tensions between United States and the Soviet Union. For reassurance, citizens looked back to the founding ideals of democracy and a renewed interest in the American Revolution developed. When the Boy Scouts of America decided to hold a jamboree at an icon of the American Revolution, they chose Valley Forge.

 
Winter Soldier

Determined to Persevere
Of all the places associated with the American War for Independence, perhaps none has come to symbolize perseverance and sacrifice more than Valley Forge. The hardships of the encampment claimed the lives of approximately 1 in 10, nearly all from disease. Despite the privations suffered by the soldiers at Valley Forge, Washington and his generals built a unified professional military organization that ultimately enabled the Continental Army to triumph over the British. This exhibit is located in the Visitor Center

 
Washington's Headquarters     Link to YouTube for a tour of Washington's Headquarters    YouTube 

Valley Forge: Traditional Land, Contemporary Vision
A collection of photographic-based images of the Valley Forge landscape as well as re-enactments of the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of phographer M.J.Ticcino. These unique pieces bring yet another dimension to our historic site and the brave men and women that encamped here. This exhibit is located in the Visitor Center.
View the presentation online 7:24 minutes

 
Baron von Steuben

General von Steuben
The Making of an American Army
What made Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben the right man at the right time? Early in his career Steuben learned the basic rules for the routine administration of an army. He systematically applied these rules immediately upon his arrival at Valley Forge. Drilling the troops daily, Steuben imparted to the Continental Army the essential tactical proficiency that served it well from Monmouth to final victory at Yorktown.
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Writing Desk in Headquarters

How Do We Know?
More than 230 years have passed since the winter encampment, how do we know what the house and rooms looked like? To recreate Headquarters as Washington knew it, modern scholars have analyzed documentary, architectural, and archeological evidence. This exhibit is located in the Valley Forge Train Station

 
Train Station postcard

Washington’s Headquarters (Train Station Exhibit)
The decision to winter at Valley Forge was made by General Washington in consultation with his officers and aides. It was a compromise to appease the Continental Congress, the Pennsylvania government, and Washington himself, who wanted a safe and strategic place to rest and protect the troops during the winter. Come inside the inner circle at Valley Forge for a glimpse of General Washington as he ponders the fate of his men and his country. This exhibit is located in the Valley Forge Train Station

 
Forging a Nation

Forging a Nation
Valley Forge is a name so imbedded in the story of the American Revolution that its roots in the iron industry are almost forgotten. To learn more about the site that helped to forge a nation visit the Washington’s Headquarters Stables.

 

Road to Victory
On May 6, 1778, the army celebrated the new alliance with France on the Grand Parade of Valley Forge. As part of that celebration they demonstrated their newfound professionalism by marching on to the field with precision and firing a perfect feu de joie. It was this professional army along with their French Allies that would lead to victory at Yorktown, Virginia. The exhibit is currently on display in the Theater Lobby.
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Did You Know?

Traffic at Major Park Intersection

Valley Forge plays an increasingly strong role in the life of the entire region on issues affecting modern life from natural resources to traffic congestion to economic development.