January, 1778

Within six weeks the soldiers construct by hand over 1,300 huts. They could have done so more quickly if they had had enough tools.

Stop by the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts one-quarter mile up the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail from the Park Theater. On weekends during the spring and fall, and all week long during the summer, living history Continental Soldiers share the stories of the men and women who called the Valley forge Encampment home.

Use the image-links below to learn more, or to navigate the timeline.
Soldiers huddle around a compfire.

December 22, 1777

Washington alerts Congress about bad conditions.

Log huts in deep snow.

The Muhlenberg Brigade Huts

Learn all about the soldier experience.

An engraving of General Washington inspecting the soldiers in deplorable conditions.

February 24, 1778

Death, disease and desertion cause the army to shrink to 6,000 soldiers.

Last updated: April 14, 2016

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