History & Culture

Valley Forge National Historical Park is nationally significant as the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. Few places evoke the spirit of patriotism and independence, represent individual and collective sacrifice, or demonstrate the resolve, tenacity and determination of the people of the United States to be free as does Valley Forge. The historic landscapes, structures, objects, and archeological and natural resources at Valley Forge are tangible links to one of the most defining events in our nation's history. Here the Continental Army under Washington's leadership emerged as a cohesive and disciplined fighting force. The Valley Forge experience is fundamental to both American history and American myth, and remains a source of inspiration for Americans and the world.

Gen. Washington with left hand on chin.


Information on the people who served during the Valley Forge encampment.

White Queen Ann style mansion with green shutters


18th century structures, monuments, and exhibit areas give insights on the life in the encampment.

18th map of the Battle of Paoli.


Valley Forge NHP maintains various collections of pictures, books, documents, and artifacts related to the encampment and park history.


Quick Reference

This timeline of the Revolutionary War (PDF 56.72 KB) includes events from 1763 to 1783.

The British Campaign for Philadelphia and the Occupation of Valley Forge in 1777 (PDF 40.97 KB) explores the Philadelphia Campaign from the British perspective.

For more online references, please visit our Documents and Publications page.


Last updated: July 23, 2016

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