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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 nps.gov/vafo.

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!

Speaker Series

Tuesday, February 6 7 pm Washington Memorial Chapel Suggested donation: $10
sponsored by Sponsored by The Sherrin H. and Bruce A. Baky Foundation Sponsored by Malvern Federal Savings Bank
The Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War

On June 19, 1778, General Washington marches his army out of Valley Forge to meet the British in what would become the Battle of Monmouth. This new American Army, well-trained, drilled and disciplined, will hold its ground at Monmouth and force the British to withdraw. This unified army proves that it can stand toe to toe in the field against the British. With neither force able to deliver a final crushing blow, a state of stalemate develops in the northern colonies. In one last major effort to quell the rebellion, the British adopt a new strategy—the Southern Campaign.

The events during this final push are little known to most Americans. We are not commonly taught about its significance in school, just as we were not taught that this struggle lasted eight long bitter years and was in fact the first civil war in America. Ranger David Lawrence will present his talk on this little known but vitally important period in America’s fight for independence. Major General Nathanael Greene, a Rhode Island Quaker turned soldier and Washington’s most trusted general, would take command in the south. He brilliantly reorganized the fragmented and disillusioned southern forces, out maneuvers and exhausts General Cornwallis’s army and sets the stage for the final British surrender at Yorktown.

About the Speaker

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has been in love with Valley Forge since he first visited the park as a little boy during the 1976 Bicentennial. His love of history has never ebbed. He worked in the park as a tour bus driver in the early ’90s while in college, and has a background as a social studies teacher. He began working in the National Park Service in 2004 at a variety of historically-focused sites, including two seasons at the Revolutionary War encampment site at Morristown, NJ. In 2012, he found himself coming full circle, becoming a park guide at Valley Forge, and continues to pursue his love of history today.

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


Join the Continental Army

First Saturday of the month, February – April 11 am 10:45 registration in Visitor Center
Upcoming Session: Saturday, February 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 go.nps.gov/JointheContinentalArmy or contact Robert Donnelly at 610-783-1072.


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


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 molly@vfparkalliance.org or call 484-886-5853.

Email info@vfparkalliance.org 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.


Valley Forge Legacy: The Muster Roll Project

muster roll

The Valley Forge Muster Roll is dedicated to the memory of those who were at the Valley Forge encampment from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. The Continental Army used monthly muster rolls to track the army’s strength. Each roll contains names, ranks, dates of enlistment, and other notes on soldiers’ assignments, activities, or conditions. In addition, the names of officers, camp followers, civilians and others present at the Valley Forge encampment are included. You may be surprised at the wide array of people who were at Valley Forge.


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