Inside Washington's Headquarters

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General George Washington rented the Isaac Potts House for his military headquarters.

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Washington's Headquarters, also known as the Isaac Potts House, is the structure used by General George Washington and his household during the 1777-1778 encampment of the Continental Army at Valley Forge.

At the time of the encampment, the house was being rented by a relative of Isaac Potts, Deborah Hewes. Mrs. Hewes, in turn, rented the entire house along with some furnishings to the General and his military family.

The building was constructed by the Potts family, likely in the late 1750s (the exact year is unknown), and today much of the structure is estimated to be original to the encampment era.

Download the illustrated guidebook to for additional detailed information about the rooms inside and the staff that lived and worked in the building during the encampment. For more information about the structure's architectural details, read the Washington's Headquarters Quick Facts sheet.

You can also view other self-guided touring options at the park.


Explore the House Virtually

Take a closer look at rooms in the Isaac Potts house, which appear as they might have during the encampment. Click and drag your mouse to look around, zoom in, and make the image full screen for a more immersive experience!


Last updated: January 15, 2024

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