The National Park Service depends on many able partners to share in carrying out the mission of preservation, commemoration, and interpretation at Valley Forge NHP.
The Friends of Valley Forge NHP
Recently, two park partners (The Friends of Valley Forge and The Valley Forge Park Interpretive Association) merged under the umbrella of The Friends of Valley Forge Park. The Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the park. The goals of the Friends are to:
The Friends provide support, services, and donations of artifacts, educational materials, and funds to support many park projects, and they take part in their planning and implementation. They sponsor educational, interpretive, and awareness programs, fund re-enactment groups for events, provide volunteers, and come out and provide ambience and refreshments for major events.
For information, or to join the Friends, please call 610-783-1777.
Click here to visit the website for the Friends of Valley Forge.
The Encampment Store
The Encampment Store operates as the park’s retail and programmatic partner under a Cooperating Association agreement with the park. Cooperating associations are private, nonprofit corporations established under state law. They support educational, scientific, historical, and interpretive services of the parks.
The Encampment Store operates as an extension of the park’s efforts primarily in the areas of enhanced programming and visitor services, ranging from assisting with the operation of guided trolley tours to developing special educational products to complement the interpretation in the park. In addition, the store donates 10% of gross revenue back to the park to use as appropriate.
Once Upon a Nation
Once Upon a Nation is a program for bringing history to life. The program works closely with historic site stakeholders and the hospitality community to build the region’s tourism value through interpretation, interactive educational experiences, evening programming, and adventure tours.
Once Upon a Nation is an initiative of Historic Philadelphia, Inc. a non-profit organization founded by then-Mayor Ed Rendell to enhance experiences for regional residents and visitors. At Valley Forge NHP, Once Upon a Nation provides vibrant daily storytelling, narrated tours, and evening dinner tours. For more information, visit www.onceuponanation.org.
There are many service organizations that also support park operations.
Washington Memorial Chapel
This historic church is adjacent to the park and preserves artifacts and stained-glass windows commemorating General Washington and the encampment. The church cooperates with the park on the regularly scheduled interpretive bus tour.
Military Re-enactment Groups
Of the many units that participate in the park’s special events to tell the story of the Revolution through living history, the 1st Continental Regiment, the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment, and the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment are longstanding regulars.
The Schuylkill Valley Heritage Corridor
This group manages the corridor and promotes cultural and natural preservation, recreation, interpretation, and heritage-related economic development. The corridor and the park cooperate on interpretive, signage, and natural restoration initiatives.
Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau
The bureau promotes the region and the park as a visitor destination and assists the park with promoting park-sponsored events. The bureau funds and provides three full-time employees at the park: a marketing and tourism director and two staffers at the park Welcome Center to orient and provide information to visitors.
National Preservation Organizations
The NPCA, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Save America’s Treasures Program, and many others provide assistance, guidance, and expertise to the park. Their experience and assistance are important to the park’s ability to ensure that its actions are appropriate and in the best interests of long-term preservation of its resources.
The park cooperates with the five townships for important services such as fire protection, ambulance service, water and sewer, and law enforcement. Chester and Montgomery Counties are partners with the park in trail and greenway projects. All are partners in a project to identify means to resolve area-wide traffic problems.
State and Federal Government Partners
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the DEP, the PA Department of Conservation of Natural Resources, the PA Department of Transportation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, EPA, U.S. Department of Public Health Federal Occupational Health Service, FHWA, and many others provide advice and consultation and cooperate with the park on special projects to conserve natural and cultural resources.
Did You Know?
In 2008, readers of The Times Herald named Valley Forge National Historical Park "Best Family Attraction" for the newspaper's annual Best of Montgomery County reader's poll!