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A ranger speaks to a group at Redoubt 2 near Muhlenberg's Brigade

NPS Photo / G. Purifoy

Living History

Ranger-Led Programs at Muhlenberg's Brigade Huts (Encampment Tour Stop #2)

New! Join a ranger dressed in 18th century living history clothing outside the huts at Muhlenberg's Brigade from 10AM to 4PM on Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting).

There will also be brief 10-15 minute ranger-led talks (weather permitting) at 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM.

If the weather is in doubt, please call the park at (610) 783-1000 to confirm whether the programs are taking place.

Join the Continental Army!

Currently not scheduled.

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 Days" (Encampment Tour Stop #2)

Currently not scheduled due to the pandemic.

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.

 

Walking Tours

Ranger Led Walk: March to Valley Forge

Currently not scheduled due to the pandemic.

This free, ranger-guided walk (1/2 mile) explores the Valley Forge winter encampment and its impact on the American Revolution. A living history program will take place at the huts following the walk.

Schedule

  • Starting the first week of April through mid-June weekends at 10:50 am and 2:50 pm
  • Mid- June through Labor Day daily at 10:50 am, and 2:50 pm
  • Day after Labor Day through end of October weekends at 10:50 am and 2:50 pm

History Hike

Currently not scheduled due to the pandemic.

Join a park ranger on a three-mile guided hiking program that explores some of the park's trails and historic sites. Come learn about the history of the Valley Forge encampment and how Continental soldiers lived off these landscapes and nearby resources. All programs last about two hours and begin and end at the Artillery Park (Tour Stop #7).

 

Washington's Headquarters and Train Station

Washington's Headquarters

Due to the flooding on 9/2/21, the interior of Washington's Headquarters is closed to the public until further notice.
Tour the house virtually here.

Valley Forge Train Station

Closed due to the pandemic.
Contains museum exhibits, located adjacent to Washington's Headquarters.

 

Artillery Demonstrations

Currently not scheduled due to the pandemic.

Join rangers and volunteers for live cannon and musket firing demonstrations.

 

Landscapes and Structures (Art in the Park) Program

There is amazing physical beauty in Valley Forge National Historical Park, and Landscapes and Structures of Valley Forge is a program that gives visitors the opportunity to capture the beauty of the park through an artistic medium. Photography, painting, drawing, and sketching are all encouraged. Join a ranger in a stress free, judgment free, environment and flex your artistic muscles. Come and have fun! The program is free and advance registration is not required.

You can join the program's Facebook community here.

Check the event calendar and search using the keyword "Art in the Park" to find any upcoming programs.

Last updated: September 2, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1400 North Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Phone:

(610) 783-1000

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