• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

The Empire Strikes Back: the British invade Valley Forge

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Date: September 27, 2011
Contact: John Golden , 610.834.7985

Valley Forge, Pa. – Just as the British redcoats invaded Valley Forge in September of 1777, three months prior to Washington's famous encampment, they will return this Sunday, October 2. Interpreters from the 43rd Regiment Of Foot and His Majesty's 40th Regiment Of Foot Light Infantry will encamp near Washington's Headquarters at Valley Forge National Historical Park from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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 Valley Forge National Historical Park. "This event is a great way for people to learn about both sides of a war that gave birth to a new nation."

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 Wissahickon High School student and park volunteer Dan Center, visit http:on.fb.me/pkcFjF

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.