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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.

Park Status during Partial Government Shutdown

Visitor Center & The Encampment Store are open.

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 and most buildings.

The Temporary Visitor Center (located in the lower parking lot) and The Encampment Store, operated by Park Partners, are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Restrooms located in the lower parking lot are also open but other restrooms throughout the Park are closed.

Visitor Center Volunteers Needed: Currently active volunteers are still needed for their regular assignments however volunteers must check-in at The Encampment Store which is monitoring volunteer hours during the shutdown. Please contact Graham at 610-783-1099 or by email at graham@encampmentstore.org for more information.

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 Road) and The Schuylkill River Trail will remain open through the park.

Park Emergency: The National Park Service will not operate Valley Forge during the shutdown period. Visitors should dial 911 in the event of an emergency. Please be prepared to state the municipality in which you are located within the Park to assist local law enforcement.

For more information visit www.nps.gov/vafo or dial 610-783-1099 to reach the Visitor Center.

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)

The last walk of each month will be on the Grand Parade Trail. Meet in the parking lot at Steuben Plaza (1/2 mile west of Washington Memorial Chapel on Rt. 23). Trail is mown grass.

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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.

Calendar at a Glance – Upcoming Events

Feb. 2 Join the Continental Army! • Register at 10:45 am in Temporary Visitor Center
Free Event • Children must be 7 or older • Weather dependent: Call 610-783-1099 for updates • Tentative based on status of partial government shutdown
Feb. 5 Speaker SeriesHow the Valley Forge Winter Saved the Revolution, Created the United States, and Changed the World • Bob Drury • «read more»
Feb. 18 Washington’s Birthday Celebration • Celebrate Washington’s birthday with music, crafts, and of course cake! • Tentative based on status of partial government shutdown
Mar. 2 Join the Continental Army! • Register at 10:45 am in Temporary Visitor Center
Free Event • Children must be 7 or older • Weather dependent: Call 610-783-1099 for updates • Tentative based on status of partial government shutdown
Mar. 5 Speaker SeriesSpies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War • Ken Daigler
Mar. 12 Guided Bird Walks • Meet at Artillery Park parking lot • 8 am
Apr. 2 Speaker SeriesRemember Our Valley Forge Times: Lafayette, Washington, and the Winter of 1777–78 • Diane Windham Shaw
Apr. 6 Join the Continental Army! • Register at 10:45 am in Temporary Visitor Center
Free Event • Children must be 7 or older • Weather dependent: Call 610-783-1099 for updates • Tentative based on status of partial government shutdown
Apr. 28 Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run ®REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
May 7 Speaker Series Concert • Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks • Toe tapping and hand clapping evening from 7pm – 8:30 pm • Fee required • «tickets & information»

For more information, email info@vfparkalliance.org.

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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