The Empire Strikes Back: the British invade Valley Forge
Contact: John Golden , 610.834.7985
Early visitors can watch the men march into the village of Valley Forge and seize rebel supplies from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Once the redcoat camp is established at the Washington's Headquarters area of the park, programs throughout the day teach about the British raid at Valley Forge. Changing of the guard and the enemy's field operations will be demonstrated. Children loyal to the crown can even join the British Army in camp at 2:30 p.m.!
"Many people don't realize that the British were in this area before George Washington established his famous winter encampment," said Barbara Pollarine, acting superintendent of
A closing talk at 3:30 p.m. will explain the story of where the British Army went after departing Valley Forge and how their actions affected George Washington's famous winter encampment. At the end, the British Army marches out of camp and continues its campaign against the American rebellion.
For more information about this event, coordinated by Park Ranger Marc Brier and
Did You Know?
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.