• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

General George Washington

George Washington by Charles Wilson Peale

General George Washington

From the day he took command of the Continental Army in 1775, General George Washington's faith in the moral rightness of the American cause never wavered. The character and purpose that helped sustain him and his soldiers at Valley Forge is reflected in Charles Wilson Peale's 1780 portrait of the general (left).

Did You Know?

Photo of General Washington's Headquarters from the early 20th century

Following the Civil War, a patriotic organization worked to raise funds to purchase the Isaac Potts house as an historic site. By the 1880's, the house was open to the public, followed by the establishment of Valley Forge State Park in 1893.