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The Friends of Valley Forge is now 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!

PRESS: The Alliance in the News
Valley Forge Park Alliance Seeks to Connect Local Community to the Park

04/19/2017 • Amanda Keith •

Valley Forge National Historical Park is historically significant as the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. Each year, it welcomes over two million visitors who enjoy visiting the historical buildings and learning the significance of this place in the Revolutionary War.

According to the park’s Friends group, however, visitors come to the park not just for the history but for the landscape.

“People love to come here because it’s a big, beautiful green space in the middle of sprawling suburbia,” said Molly Duffy, Executive Director for the Valley Forge Park Alliance. In addition to numerous historic sites, the 3,500 acre park has forests, wetlands, tall-grass meadows, open fields and 26 miles of hike and bike trails.

The park also sits close to major highways, such as the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and near crossroads that serve a large commuter population. In addition, the surrounding area includes a plethora of apartments, shopping centers and corporate headquarters.

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Final Speaker Event of the Season • Tickets now available

Tuesday, May 9 New Date 7 pm Park Theater Advance registration required
May 2017 Speaker Series

Alliance Members and Washington Memorial Heritage Donors:
Free with advance registration*

Non-members: $20 per ticket

* Young Friend or Individual member – 1 free ticket
* Family membership or higher – 2 free tickets

Click here to reserve or purchase your tickets.

Turning the Tides of War: French Alliance

Saturday, May 6 10 am – 4 pm Muhlenberg Brigade Huts Free Event
French Alliance

Huzzah! Long live the King of France. When France joined the Revolutionary War as an ally to the colonies, our soldiers rejoiced that they were no longer fighting alone. Join us in celebrating the French Alliance with cannon and musket firing. At noon, meet General Du Portail who will cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the reconstructed Fort John Moore Redoubt.

At 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, visitors can participate in a military ceremony similar to that the Continental Army experienced on May 6, 1778. Throughout the day, civilians and camp followers bring the experience to life operating the regimental bake oven and teaching 18th century dancing to properly celebrate the occasion.

Event Timeline

11 – 11:30 amFrench Alliance Day Military Ceremony
12 pmGrand Opening of Fort John Moore Redoubt with ceremonial ribbon cutting by General Du Portail
1 – 1:30 pmFrench Alliance Day Military Ceremony
3 – 3:30 pmFrench Alliance Day Military Ceremony

Mom’s Army

Saturday, May 13 11 am – 3 pm Muhlenberg Brigade Huts Free Event

Impact of Women During the Valley Forge Encampment
and the American Revolution

They were Spies. Entrepreneurs. Patriots. Mothers.

General Washington could not have won the war without them. Join park rangers and volunteers in recognition of both the women at the Valley Forge winter encampment, and the revolutionary moms in your own life. Have fun with your family while learning about the amazing lives and contributions of women who were with the Continental Army.

Mom’s Army

Activities throughout the day include:

Weaving, Sewing, & Washing
Espionage: Tricks of the Trade
Musket Firing Demonstrations
18th-century Games
...and much more!

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 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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