Preventative maintenance for the Park’s historic structures and visitor facilities is a priority at Valley Forge National Historical Park. This work includes regularly scheduled cyclic maintenance as well as special projects that take place over longer periods of time. Because funding can be scarce, preventative maintenance sometimes becomes deferred. The decision to defer maintenance is always a last choice, and one that must be attended to as quickly as possible. This year, the following projects will take place to address deferred maintenance at the park:
Rehabilitation of Joseph Plumb Martin Multi-use Trail (Phase 2)
Construction Begins: October 2009
Completion: December 2009
This fall, the Park will be rehabilitating various damaged sections of the Joseph Plumb Martin Multi-use Trail (JPM Trail). Trail sections to be repaired include a 1,775 lineal foot section extending from the Maine Memorial Marker on North Outer Line Drive to Gulph Road, a 600 lineal foot section near the Visitor Center along SR23, and a 1,000 lineal foot section reaching from the new connector trail at the Washington's Headquarters Complex to the entrance road to the Valley Forge Train Station. The trail will remain at its original 8-foot width to prevent further soil disturbance and to allow efficient maintenance for all seasons.
Repair and Replacement of Doors and Windows
Construction Begins: February 2009
Completion: October 2009
Both historic and non-historic buildings park-wide will recieve extensive door and window repair and replacement. Buildings include the Philander Knox Chase Mansion/Library, General Knox's Barn, Lafayette's Quarters, Mordecai Moore House and Garage (Law Enforcement Ranger Station and Garage), Walnut Hill Tenant House, General Varnum's Quarters, and the Maintenance Main Building.
Replacement of Failing Air Handler at the Education Center
Construction Begins: June 2009
Completion: July 2009
Although park staff has taken many preventative measures to avoid this failure, the air handler that services the Education Center has extended its normal life cycle and will be replaced. The Education Center is the largest conference area in the park and is utilized for Law Enforcement Federal Court hearings, regular NPS staff meetings, and various educational programs, and this center is also used by the parks many partners and cooperative groups.
Ventilation of the Carpenter's Shop at the Maintenance Main Building
Construction Begins: August 2009
Completion: October 2009
Valley Forge NHP produces much of its own woodwork and woodcrafts, and has a carpenter shop designated for performing this work. The current ventilation system in this shop has become innefficient for the volume of activity and will be replaced with a new, energy and cost efficient system.
Did You Know?
Valley Forge was the third of the eight American winter encampments during the Revolutionary War. It is the best known of the eight, however, because it is remembered as the birthplace of the Continental Army.