• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Stories

The Valley Forge Report
The Valley Forge Report
, completed in the early 1980s, provides the most comprehensive documentation available of the activities, struggles, and achievements of the people who served at Valley Forge in 1777-78.

A Demographic Survey of the Continental Army
In recent years historians have learned more about the men who served in the American Army during the Revolution. Several excellent studies have investigated who the soldiers were at certain times and in certain places, and have established some basic demographic facts about them. This report is a first attempt at creating a dynamic portrait of service in the Revolution.

Valley Forge: Making and Remaking a National Symbol
Valley Forge really has several histories. There is the history of the Continental Army's winter encampment of 1777-1778, but there is also a history of how that particular story has been told-something the professionals call its historiography. And because the immense popularity of the Valley Forge story led to the preservation of a large physical site, there is in addition a history of what has been done at Valley Forge to pay tribute to this event, to illustrate it and evoke it, and to make its meaning clear to visitors. Interpretations of the Valley Forge story have changed over the years, and so has the Valley Forge landscape.

 

Tolerably Comfortable
A Field Trial of a Recreated Soldier Cabin at Valley Forge
This research project was the first of it's kind. The researchers attempted to discover how well the cabins insulated Washington's men from the cold by using the principle of experimental archeology. Read about the team's experience as they staffed a reproduced soldiers' cabin for six days and five nights from Tuesday, January 27 through Sunday, February 1, 2004.

 

Ghost Soldiers
They passed this way

Explore an account of the many long forgotten marches and fatigues of the Continental Army from the Battle of Brandywine to the winter encampment at Valley Forge. Presented to commemorate the 225th anniversary of this 1777 campaign that took place in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Did You Know?

Visitors watch a musket firing program

Valley Forge has a dynamic array of experiences for individuals and groups with a range of free and paid programs to technology-based options. Programs are available for every age and interest level, 365 days a year.