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Contact: Kekoa Rosehill, 610-783-1013
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA–Valley Forge National Historical Park will be hosting the March-in of The Continental Army annual event on December 19, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center complex area inside the park. This event commemorates the December 19, 1777 march in of General George Washington's Continental Army to Valley Forge to set up winter quarters.
In the Visitor Center, General George Washington will give 10-minute addresses at 6:20, 7:05, and 7:35 p.m. Enjoy 18th century song and dance with the Colonial Revelers at 6:10, 6:35, 6:50, 7:20 and 7:50 p.m. Don't forget to try out some colonial hot chocolate in The Encampment Store which will remain open for business during the event.
Then, make your way to the park Theater to enjoy the Freedom High School Fife and Drum Corps while gathering to take the quarter mile, ranger-led lantern walk out to the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts. Lantern walks depart every 15 minutes, with the first walk departing at 6:05 p.m. and the last walk departing at 7:45 p.m.
At the huts, Continental Army soldiers and civilians will share the story of the 1777 Valley Forge encampment. Learning stations at the huts include: civilians and camp supplies, African American soldiers, hut construction, camp medicine, camp followers and children's activities and games. Warm up around the campfire before heading back to the Visitor Center. Parking will be available at the Lower Visitor Center Parking Lot.
About Valley Forge National Historical Park. Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of George Washington's Continental Army. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times. For more information about the park, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/vafo or call 610-783-1099. Follow Valley Forge on social media: Facebook.com/ValleyForgeNHP, Twitter @ValleyForgeNHP, and Instagram @ValleyForgePark and share your photos and experiences.
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