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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 are the stewards of the past and advocates for the future.

Our mission is to inspire appreciation of and support for Valley Forge National Historical Park. Please support our mission by joining as a member, making a contribution, or becoming a volunteer.

Trail Tuesdays: Weekly Walks in the Park!

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am meet at Alliance table in Visitor Center lower parking lot
Support our sponsors by enjoying lunch after your walk! Present VFPA membership card for discount.
The Tavern at Valley Forge (20% discount)  •  Black Powder Tavern (10% discount)
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.

Upcoming Topics

Nov. 13 Join a practitioner from Main Line Health for information on prediabetes 101.
Nov. 20 Izabela Restivo, Certified Professional Dog Trainer helping shelter dogs get and stay adopted • Appropriate ways to Introduce Dogs

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.

Veterans Day Commemoration

Sunday, November 11 11 am – 2 pm National Memorial Arch Free Event
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Join Park staff and volunteers in a formal commemoration of the Continental Army’s legacy, and all of America’s past and present military, honoring their service to our country. Ceremony begins at the National Memorial Arch at 11 am with special events throughout the day including guided trolley tours at 12 and 2 pm. For more information, visit

This year’s honored guest is John E. James Jr. who was never allowed to serve as a commissioned officer but instead, served overseas as a corporal with an all-black battalion at a time when racial discrimination in the military was prevalent. After returning from his service in 1945, he was denied a promotion until 2018 when he was granted the well-deserved honor as 2nd Lieutenant John E. James, two weeks after his 98th birthday! 2nd Lieutenant James is father to Marion Lane, former Valley Forge Park Alliance Board member and Founding Member.

Valley Forge Legacy: The Muster Roll Project

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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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