Join the Continental Army!
February 1st, 2020 at 11 AM
March 7th, 2020 at 11 AM
April 4th, 2020 at 11 AM
Programs take place on the first Saturday of each month from February through April.
Programs begin at 11:00 AM at the Visitor Center. Please arrive between 10:00 AM and 10:45 AM to "muster," or sign in.
Children are invited to Join the Continental Army and experience a day in the life of the continental soldier. Recruits will be mustered, or registered, by receiving enlistment papers and continental currency. Recruits will then be issued wooden (dummy) muskets and learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington's soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill.
Attendees are encouraged to participate in the series of three Saturday training sessions in order to advance in skills and be promoted within the ranks of the Continental Army.
These events are weather dependent. Please call the Visitor Center at 610-783-1099 to confirm the status of the program.
Activities will take place outdoors, so please dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes.
Muhlenberg Brigade Huts (Encampment Tour Stop #2)
Meet a Continental soldier and experience a day in the life at the Valley Forge encampment, includes historic weapons demonstrations (weather and staff permitting).
- January 2 through mid- June Weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Mid- June through mid- August Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Mid- August through December 31. Weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
During the summer, ranger-led talks are offered at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, plus a brief ranger-led talk for all Trolley Tours. In the late summer, fall, winter and spring ranger-led talks are offered at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.
"Muhlenberg Days" (Encampment Tour Stop #2):
Join Living History staff and volunteers at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts to experience camp life through interactive activities and special demonstration such as cooking and bread baking. These demonstrations provide an up-close and personal understanding of the experiences and hardships of the encampment.
May 16, 2020
June 13, 2020
July 4, 2020
August 8, 2020