Traditionally March-In is an extremely popular in-park event — but in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the arrival of the Continental Army to Valley Forge on December 19, 1777 was commemorated with a series of videos and web activities telling the stories of the Valley Forge encampment and its people.
The collection of online programming originally created for the Virtual March-In event is available and linked in the schedule below.
Featured Video: Nature’s Refuge vignette Length: 3:30 minutes
During the American Revolution, each side attempted to defeat the other by using terrain and resources to their advantage. Yet opposing armies often faced differing environmental challenges. While the British occupied the port city of Philadelphia, the Continental Army relied on the natural resources of Valley Forge. Learn more about the waters, meadows, and forests present in the park today, as some of them would have been around during the encampment period.
Featured Activity: 360 Huts
Get a taste of encampment life as you explore the interior of two recreated huts at the Muhlenberg Brigade: one built for officers, the other meant for a squad of twelve enlisted soldiers.
Featured Video: Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and the Patriots of African Descent Monument interview Length: 29:11 minutes
An interview featuring Paulette Jones and Deanna Shelton from Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. They discuss how their Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter erected the park’s Patriots of African Descent Monument. Since 2020 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Jones and Shelton also talk about another historic march—Delta Sigma Theta’s participation in the 1913 Woman Suffrage Parade in Washington, D.C.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
Featured Video: Life Before & After the Encampment vignette Length: 3:10 minutes
The Welsh-Quaker farming community at Valley Forge found their lives disrupted with the arrival of the Continental Army. Imagine 12,000 people encamped in your neighborhood! Learn about the history of Valley Forge before the encampment, and how resident farmers dealt with a revolution at their doorstep.
Featured Video: Shelter at Valley Forge vignette Length: 4:32 minutes
Although the Continental Army benefitted from Valley Forge’s natural defenses, a lack of housing meant that soldiers had to construct their own. Learn about the different types of shelter present in the encampment, and who would have used them.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
Featured Video: March-In with Ajena C. Rogers interview Length: 58:38 minutes
Park Ranger Ajena C. Rogers discusses her past work as a living history interpreter at Valley Forge NHP, as well as her involvement in the park’s new orientation film where she reprised her role as Hannah Till, an enslaved pastry cook within General George Washington’s household.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
Facebook Premiere Screening:Determined to Persevere: The Valley Forge Encampment film
Watch the park’s new 19-minute orientation film with Park Guides Jennifer Bolton and Dave Lawrence. They will chat online and answer visitors’ history questions. Also, get some insight into the filming process, as both worked behind and in front of the camera: Jennifer portrayed a nurse, and Dave played Brigadier General Henry Knox.
Click here to join the event.