Annual March In of the Continental Army Commemoration
William T. Trego, 1883
Location: Visitor Center/Muhlenberg Brigade | Map
On December 19, 1777 General George Washington's Continental Army "marched in" to Valley Forge to set up winter quarters. This annual event commemorates their arrival and determination to persevere against insurmountable hardship and difficult conditions during their 6-month encampment. Join us this December 19th and experience an evening in Valley Forge. Take a candle-lit guided walk to the Muhlenberg Brigade huts where you'll encounter a living continental camp. Warm up in the Visitor Center with 18th century music, refreshments, and more!Visitor Center
18th Century Music
Enjoy musical performances by the Colonial Revelers, and join in with familiar carols and traditional colonial dancing.
Meet General Washington
Mingle with the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and learn about the trials and tribulations of the nation's war for independence as of December 1777.
Sample American Heritage Chocolate
Watch a historic chocolate making demonstration and sample an 18th century hot chocolate recipe featuring American Heritage Chocolate.
Art in the Park Exhibits
In addition to a unique collection of Revolutionary War artifacts, two additional art displays will be on exhibit:
-The March To Valley Forge by William T. Trego (1883), depicts the Continental Army as they marched in to Valley Forge on December 19, 1777.
-Home at Valley Forge 1777-1778, an impressive quilt display of the winter Encampment which includes soldiers, women, and children of the Encampment, Varnum's and Huntington's Headquarters, and much more. Meet local artist, Lois Charles, and view her handiwork.
-Explore the Valley Forge Gallery Café, a new rotating exhibit featuring photographs and sketches from participants of the park's Landscapes and Structures Photography Program and the Changing Landscape Art Program for students.
The Encampment Store will be open for holiday shopping.
Candle-lit Guided Tours Walks depart approximately every 20 minutes. Travel with a Continental Soldier 1/4 mile along the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail, which will be patrolled by Washington's Guards, to the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts. Last walk of the evening departs at 7:45 PM.
This event is weather dependent.
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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.