|Sunday, April 23 7:30 – 11 am 8:30 race start||Rain or shine|
The Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run ® is a unique challenge for runners of all skill levels. Runners trek the five-mile USATF certified course that traverses the scenic Valley Forge National Historical Park. The event also includes a 3 mile walk and the 1.776km Young Patriots Run for kids ages 6–14.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Volunteers Needed: The Rev Run is the largest one-day fundraiser in the Park. Success not only requires race participants and gracious sponsors but also volunteers to ensure a perfect event. To volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Saturdays, March 4 10 am – 3:30 pm||Muhlenberg Brigade|
|Demonstrations occur at 12, 1:30 and 3 pm|
Get vivid look at the soldiers of the American Revolution at Valley Forge through the rattle of musketry, thunder of cannons, and the sounds of fife and drum when the Second Pennsylvania Regiment returns to Valley Forge National Historical Park on Saturday, March 4th.
Second Pennsylvania Regiment is a colorful and true recreation of an actual patriot military unit that encamped at Valley Forge. Founded in 1966, the non-profit educational organization is made up of history buffs from five states who have dedicated themselves to show the true appearance and tactics of the 18th Century soldier.
This respected living history group provides a lively and accurate look at the typical infantry company of 1777–78 as the men perform the drill taught by Baron Von Steuben to Washington’s troops at Valley Forge and stand shoulder to shoulder firing smoky volleys from their flintlock muskets. The unit is supported by one of the finest reproduction colonial field guns in existence. At the end of the demonstration the audience will be invited to talk with the members and see their uniforms and gear firsthand. There will be three musketry demonstrations during the day.
Each man has dressed and equipped himself in the tattered attire of a soldier of the original Second Pennsylvania during the months at Valley Forge. All the items worn and carried by the individuals are painstakingly hand-crafted from existing specimens in museums and private collections – from the black tri-corner hats down to the buttons on the blue and red wool regimental coats.
The men are joined by a number of camp followers dressed in simple 18th Century garb representing the many women who supported and marched with Washington’s army on the long campaigns. They will join the men in demonstrating the camp life of the common soldier.
Known for its authenticity, the organization has appeared in films, television programs and major commemorations at historic sites in both the United States and Europe. More information is available at the regiment’s website.
Fort John Moore Redoubt Opens
The March-In of the Continental Army annual event on Monday, December 19, 2016 commemorated the 239th anniversary of the December 19, 1777 “march in” of General George Washington’s Continental Army to Valley Forge. The anniversary event also celebrated the opening of the newly rehabilitated Fort John Moore/Redoubt #2. Situated in its original location, the earthen fortress will allow visitors to experience this important military installation used by Washington’s army during the encampment. read more...
Join the Continental Army
|First Saturdays, January – April 11 am||10:45 registration in Visitor Center|
|Upcoming Session: Saturday, March 4||Free Event|
Children are invited to “Join the Continental Army” and experience a day in the life of a continental soldier. Using wooden (dummy) muskets, the new recruits learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a 4-part series offered on Saturdays from January – April to advance in skills and be promoted within the ranks of the Continental Army. Topics covered will differ and build upon the previous sessions.
Children who cannot participate in the Join the Continental Army program are welcome to participate in Army Essentials which will be held on each of the four Saturdays and will teach the basic drills and commands of the Continental Army.
For additional questions: Visit go.nps.gov/JointheContinentalArmy or call Michael DiPaolo at 610-783-1037.