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Prescribed Fire at Valley Forge National Historical Park is currently scheduled for a 2–4 day operational period between March 11 and April 30. Additional information is available on the VAFO website at, including a map of the proposed burn plots and a list of Frequently Asked Questions. In the coming weeks, VFNHP will release additional information via social media and traditional media. Additional briefings for VFNHP staff, volunteers and partners will also be scheduled as the March operational period nears.

Statement from Valley Forge National Historical Park

Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the National Park Service is unable to fully staff the properties under its management, including Valley Forge National Historical Park. All park buildings, including the Visitor Center and all restrooms, will be closed.

Park grounds, roads, trails and parking areas will remain open to the public. Park gates will be opened and closed at their normal times. State roadways (PA Rt. 23, Rt. 252 and Gulph Rd) and The Schuylkill River Trail will remain open through the park.

The National Park Service will not operate Valley Forge during the shutdown period, and no visitor services will be provided. Visitors should dial 911 in the event of an emergency. For more information visit

Your Oasis. Your History. Our Mission.

Washington’s Headquarters in Winter

Foresight has preserved and protected the Valley Forge legacy for over two hundred years, starting in 1877 when Anna Morris Holstein and the Valley Forge Centennial Memorial Association raised the money to purchase and preserve General Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge. Today, the Valley Forge Park Alliance continues the foresight and work of its founders. We the stewards of the past and advocates for the future.

Our mission is to advocate for Valley Forge National Historical Park, to enhance the visitor experience and to promote public appreciation of the Park’s historic, environmental and recreational resources. We welcome you to join the Alliance and help us to support and preserve Valley Forge National Historical Park!

Dinner with History
Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty

Tuesday, March 6 7 pm Washington Memorial Chapel Registration required by 2/28
Jon Kukla

Dine with Jon Kukla, historian and popular author of several Book-of-the-Month Club selections. His new book, Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty, is described as a “lively biography,” and this promises to be a lively night. While Patrick Henry is best known today as an impassioned orator, he was also an attorney, statesman, society man – and more. The evening includes a buffet dinner, enlightening lecture, and stimulating conversation. Don’t miss this!

$45 per person

Catering provided by Valley Forge Catering Company and includes choice of entrée with garden salad and vegetables, mini desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Register today

Washington’s Birthday Celebration

Monday, February 19 10 am – 2 pm Visitor Center Free Event
Washington's Birthday

Did you know that the first public celebration of Washington’s birthday was at Valley Forge in 1778? Join Mrs. Washington, members of the Continental Army, and others to celebrate His Excellency’s 286th birthday this President’s Day. Cupcakes and samples of Martha Washington’s “Great Cake” recipe will be baked and served by the students at The Culinary Institute of Montgomery County Community College.

Birthday Activities in the Visitor Center • 10 am – 12 pm

Children and adults can try on 18th century clothing and meet the General and Mrs. Washington, played by historical interpreters John Lopes and Carol Spacht. The Colonial Revelers will be serenading visitors from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Stop at the enlistment table to sign up for the Join the Continental Army program, which will take place at 12:30 after the cake ceremony.

Sing Happy Birthday to the General • 12 pm

Help Martha sing Happy Birthday to George Washington as he cuts his cake. Cupcakes and samples of Martha Washington’s birthday cake recipe will be served outside. Follow the side walk and volunteers.

Crafts in the Meeting Room • 10 am – 12 pm

Get ready to meet our nation’s first president. Create a birthday card for General Washington and make your own matching tricorn hat.

Join the Continental Army • 12:30 pm

Children will fall in to drill formation and be taught how to march and drill like a Continental Soldier on the new mini grand parade, just outside of the upper Visitor Center doors. Troops will receive a special instruction from General Washington!

Visit Washington’s Headquarters • 10 am – 4 pm

Join the Continental Army

First Saturday of the month, February – April 11 am 10:45 registration in Visitor Center
Upcoming Session: Saturday, March 3 Free Event

Age Requirements: Join the Continental Army – 7 years or older

Event is held outdoors. Dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes. During inclement weather, activities may be cancelled.

Join the Continental Army

Children are invited to “Join the Continental Army” and experience a day in the life of a continental soldier. Using wooden (dummy) muskets, the new recruits learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a 3-part series offered on Saturdays from February – April to advance their skills.

For additional information: Visit or contact Robert Donnelly at 610-783-1072.

Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run®

Sunday, April 22 7:30 – noon (8:30 race start) Registration fee required Rain or shine
Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run

The Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run® is a unique challenge for runners of all skill levels. Runners trek the five-mile, USATF certified course that traverses the scenic Valley Forge National Historical Park. The event also includes a 3 mile walk and the 1.776km Young Patriots Run for kids ages 6–14. «read more»

All proceeds from the event benefit the Valley Forge National Historical Park.


The Rev Run is the largest one-day fundraiser in the Park. Success not only requires race participants and hundreds of volunteers but also the generosity of the following sponsors.

Elmwood Park Zoo Upper Merion Township Board of Community Assistance
JC Pool & Spa PECO
UGI AmeriGas
Founding Farmers Valley Forge Penn Medicine Valley Forge REI Co-op
Best Western AVE Living Shake Shack
Devon Orthodontics Montessori Children’s House of Valley Forge TD Bank
hbk engineering Canvas Valley Forge Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Valley Forge Chapter

Trail Tuesdays: Weekly Walks in the Park!

Tuesdays 10 am – 11 am walk starts at Alliance table in Visitor Center lower lot Free Event
trail tuesdays

Join us for Trail Tuesdays as we walk, talk, get healthy, and be happy! Walk is for all fitness levels. Dogs and strollers welcome. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be canceled. Contact Molly Duffy for any questions at or call 484-886-5853.

Email to add your name to our walkers list so that we can keep you informed about upcoming walks, schedule changes, and cancellations due to weather.

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