• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Annual March In of the Continental Army Commemoration

The March to Valley Forge

The March to Valley Forge

William T. Trego, 1883
Courtesy of The American Revolution Center

Location: Visitor Center/Muhlenberg Brigade | Map
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fee Information: free
Contact Phone Number: 610-783-1099

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!

Schedule of Events

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.

Muhlenberg Brigade Hut Area
Tour the Huts
Each hut focuses on a different encampment theme including: hut construction, soldier life, supplies, the army's impact on civilian life during the encampment, and camp followers. A hands on children's activity station will also be located along the company street.

Warm Up Around the Campfire

Hear stories about the first three years of the American Revolution by Continental Soldiers around the fire pit.

Visit the Redoubt

Take a walk beyond the company street and visit the recreated redoubt, an earthen fortification which would have been built by the army to help protect the encampment against a possible British attack.

This event is weather dependent.
Check the park website, Facebook, or call 610-783-1000 for cancellation notices.
You can also stay informed of closures and emergency information by signing up for the park's text alert system.
To sign up text VFPARK to 888777 or create an account on Nixle.com.

Did You Know?

White hut with green background representing the Friends logo

Valley Forge has an active Friends group that advocates for the Park & serves as a voice for the community to the Park. The Friends of Valley Forge is actively raising an army of support by enlisting individuals and businesses to preserve the past, conserve for the future, and enjoy the Park today.