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Welcome to the Valley Forge Park Alliance

In 1976, Valley Forge became a national park and a group of visionary citizens united as “Friends” to support it. Over forty years later, we have grown into a national alliance of corporations, organizations and individual who share the goals of supporting and protecting the hallowed grounds of Valley Forge but also recognize an ever growing community that extends beyond the boundaries of the Park. To celebrate this milestone, we are now the Valley Forge Park Alliance.

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!

Philander Chase Knox Estate Open House
Two Great Ways to Tour & Enjoy!

Saturday, December 2 Advance registration – space limited 151 Library Lane, Malvern, PA
Philander Chase Knox Estate

Celebrate the season at our annual Open House of the historic Philander Chase Knox Estate in the Park. Enjoy a guided tour through its beautifully decorated rooms, view the Library and its vast array of historical books and documents and the see the rarely open servant’s quarters. Plus enjoy light refreshments and tea provided by Robert Ryan Catering.

See it First! Brunch with President Theodore Roosevelt, House Tour, & Park Highlights by Trolley
9 am – 12 pm begins at Washington Memorial Chapel Register by November 21

In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt was the honored guest at the wedding of Philander Chase Knox’s daughter and spent a night at their estate. Meet President Roosevelt (American Historical Theater’s Peyton Dixon) in the Bishop White Library at the Washington Memorial Chapel as he joins us for a delectable morning brunch. Hear firsthand about President Roosevelt’s efforts to put the environment on the national agenda – and maybe some interesting details about Roosevelt’s visit to Valley Forge.

$75 per person: Includes brunch at Washington Memorial Chapel from 9 to 10 am followed by an old-fashioned trolley ride to the PC Knox Estate for a special tour of the mansion. After the house tour, discover historic and environmental highlights of the park in a guided trolley tour.

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PC Knox Open House

10 am – 4 pm Advanced registration encouraged Tours occur hourly & space is limited

Experience the mansion in holiday décor. Enjoy a guided tour, meet and mingle with VFNHP staff (including new park superintendent Steve Sims) and learn more about the estate and the fascinating life, family, and home of Philander Chase Knox, former US Attorney General, US Senator, and Secretary of State.

Tours occur hourly. Reservations encouraged to select the time of your tour in advance.

Member price: Time:
Non-Member price: Time:

All proceeds benefit the Valley Forge Park Alliance. For more information or to register, please visit vfparkalliance.org or call 610-783-1777.

Special appreciation to our partners

Robert Ryan Catering Covered Bridge Garden Club The Encampment Store

Purchase a Gift Membership

Michael Ticcino images

A gift membership is a perfect way to share your love for Valley Forge National Historical Park with family and friends.

Make and share memories with a special gift that includes:

  • One-year Alliance Membership
  • 8×10 matted photograph by Michael Ticcino, award winning image maker. Select from Winter at Washington’s Headquarters, Encampment at Night, or This is Why I Run the Park.
  • Special gift note and the personal satisfaction of supporting Valley Forge National Historical Park!

Gift membership can be directly mailed to you or to your recipient with a special gift note.


Speaker Series

Tuesday, December 5 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
Battlefield Tactics in the Revolutionary War

This presentation explores the differences between service branches and their employment on Revolutionary War Southern Campaign Battlefields. Interpretive results are based on documentary, archaeological and living history research over the period of 1967–2016. The main concentration will be on the Continental Army infantry, as this branch was the primary main force unit engaged with British forces.

About the Speaker

Larry Babits

Larry Babits has extensive experience in military and maritime archaeology. He has excavated battlefields, fortifications, and a World War II POW camp. In addition to his academic side, Babits served three years in the US Army, largely with B Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry (Gimlets). He has been a reenactor since 1961, especially as a Revolutionary War and Civil War private soldier. Babits has sailed tall ships and traveled extensively, including Egypt, Afghanistan, Iran, and Europe. He is currently involved with researching smoothbore musketry accuracy and shooting Civil War weaponry competitively with the First Maryland Infantry of the North-South Skirmish Association. In his leisure time, he does rugby.

Larry Babits publications include numerous site reports including Fort Dobbs on the Carolina Frontier, An Archaeological Survey of the Western Shore of the Pungo River from Wades Point to Woodstock Point (1995), and Archaeological Investigations at Causton’s Bluff, Chatham County, Georgia. He authored chapters and articles in Documentary Archaeology in the New World, Archaeology, Military Collector and Historian, Geoarchaeology, and the Maryland Historical Magazine. He was the McCann-Taggert Lecturer for the American Institute of Archaeology in 1995, was named George Washington Distinguished Professor of History by the NC Society of the Cincinnati in 2003, and a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians in 2006. His most recent book, Long, Obstinate and Bloody, deals with the 1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse. It was co-written with Josh Howard and published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2009.

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.

Whole Foods “Nickels for Non-Profits”

Whole Foods Market

We are thrilled to announce that Whole Foods Market in Devon has selected the Alliance to participate in their Nickels for Non-Profits program, whereby shoppers have the option of receiving a five-cent credit (per bag) or donating five cents to the Alliance. This is a great way to not only generate funds but also expand awareness as our name, logo, and mission will be promoted at every cash register from October through January 2018. Recycle, raise funds and build awareness... it’s all in the bag!


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