Ranger Programs

Walking Tours

Ranger Led Walk: March to Valley Forge
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

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).

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Living History

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).

Schedule

  • 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.

2020 Schedule
May 16, 2020
June 13, 2020
July 4, 2020
August 8, 2020
September TBA

 

Washington's Headquarters and Train Station

Tour the home of General Washington and his staff during the encampment. Explore the Train Station museum and exhibits, located adjacent to Washington's Headquarters.

2020 Schedule
  • January and February: Weekends only 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Also open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Washington's Birthday)
  • Mid-March through mid-June: Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Note: In 2020, HQ will open daily beginning on March 16)
  • Mid-June through mid-August: Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Mid-August through October 31: Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • November through December 31: Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Note: Washington's HQ may be closed due to inclement weather, particularly snow/ice, or river flooding. When snow, ice, or flooding conditions are present, please call the Visitor Center at (610) 783-1099 to confirm the status of Washington's Headquarters.
 

Artillery Demonstrations

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

2020 Schedule

  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 12:00 Noon, 2:00 PM at Muhlenberg Brigade (Encampment Tour Stop #2)
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 12:00 Noon, 2:00 PM at Muhlenberg Brigade (Encampment Tour Stop #2)
  • Veterans Day, November 11, single firing at 3:00 PM at Muhlenberg Brigade (Encampment Tour Stop #2)

Last updated: February 23, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1400 North Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Phone:

(610) 783-1000

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