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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.

Age 70 1/2 or older and have an IRA? Keep reading!

It’s that time of year, and if you are age 70 1/2 or older and have an IRA Account, then you are probably familiar with the IRS rules for the annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Did you know that you can satisfy your annual RMD, in part or fully, by making a direct transfer from your IRA to a qualified charity like the Valley Forge Park Alliance?

To take advantage of this tax benefit, your gift must be made directly to the charity (not pass through your hands) and must be made by December 31, 2018. For more information on this tax benefit, please call 610-783-1777 or email

2018 Prelude to Valley Forge

Saturday, December 15 9:30 am National Memorial Arch & Muhlenberg Huts Free Event

See what a typical day looked like at the Valley Forge Encampment when the men and women of Colonel Ogden’s 1st New Jersey Regiment recreate camp activities such as cooking, cleaning, sewing, and musket demonstrations. Program will begin at the National Memorial Arch and will continue throughout the day at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts. For more information and directions, call 610-783-1099.

The Army Arrives! Annual Commemoration of the March-In of the Continental Army

Wednesday, December 19 6 – 9 pm Parking in the Visitor Center lower lot Free Event

Commemorate the arrival of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. Evening includes candle-lit walking tours to the Muhlenberg Brigade huts, Continental Army reenactors, 18th century musical performances, and an appearance by General Washington himself.

This event is weather dependent. Call 610-783-1099 for updates or cancellation.

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

Dec. 18 Walk on the Grand Parade Trail (mown trail). Meet in Steuben Plaza.
Dec. 25 Christmas – no walk today!
Jan. 1 New Year's Day – no walk today!

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.

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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