Washington's Headquarters

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

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Washington's Headquarters (tour stop #5) and Varnum's Quarters (tour stop #8) are two historic buildings in Valley Forge National Historical Park that tell important stories of the people who resided in them during the winter encampment.

Washington's Headquarters, also known as the Isaac Potts House, has the distinction of being the structure General Washington used as his headquarters during the 1777-1778 Valley Forge Encampment. At the time of the encampment, the house was being rented by a Potts relative, Deborah Hewes. Mrs. Hewes in turn rented the entire house along with some furnishings to the General and his military family.

When these buildings are closed you can still tour Washington's Headquarters virtually on YouTube and download the illustrated guidebook for Washington's Headquarters to get a glimpse of the buildings interiors.

To learn more about Washington's Headquarters read the Washington's Headquarters Quick Facts sheet.

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Last updated: August 13, 2019

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