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Calendar at a Glance – Upcoming Events

10/23 Movie screening of Redcoats, voted best Local Short Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
10/30 Grand Parade Trail ribbon cutting and hike through the Grand Parade Trail.
11/6 Dinner with History • Fee required • RSVP by October 30
11/11 Veterans Day Commemoration

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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

Oct. 30 Grand Parade Trail ribbon cutting and hike through the Grand Parade Trail.
Nov. 13 Join a practitioner from Main Line Health for information on prediabetes 101.
Nov. 20 Izabela Restivo, Certified Professional Dog Trainer helping shelter dogs get and stay adopted • Appropriate ways to Introduce Dogs

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.

Experience REDCOATS, an award winning short film in a spectacular venue!

Tuesday, October 23 7 – 8:30 pm West Chester SOLD OUT!
barn exterior Photos: Peter Zimmerman Architects

Join us for a private viewing of Redcoats which was awarded the Best Local Short Film at the 2018 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. The event will be hosted in a spectacular venue in West Chester, PA created by award-winning Peter Zimmerman Architects.

Dr. Nancy K. Loane, a recognized authority on the women at the 1777–78 Valley Forge encampment and author of critically acclaimed book, Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment (Potomac Books, 2009) will provide the backdrop for this dramatic short film with a comedic twist.

Evening includes light fare graciously provided by Black Powder Tavern.

About Redcoats

Three Redcoats pillage the home of a woman, her daughter, and two grandchildren who have been left behind during the Revolutionary War and get more than they bargained for. The filmmakers are sisters Amy Tiehel and Tammy Tiehel-Stedman and have been in the film and TV industry for 25 years each. The film was funded through a Kickstarter campaign that generated 209 backers who pledged $23,150 to help bring this project to life.

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DINNER WITH HISTORY • The Lure and Lore of Liquor:
Tavern Beverages of the American Revolution

Tuesday, November 6 7 pm Washington Memorial Chapel Registration required by 10/30
David Emerson

Dine with historian and mixologist David Emerson in a lively exploration of Colonial drinking customs. Discover the various types of beverages available to the 18th Century tavern tippler, how they were made, and even some recipes that you can try on your own (if you dare). Learn about our forefathers’ alternative to the modern Mohito and Martini, and what Ben Franklin considered “The Proof of God’s Love.”

For over 30 years, David has worked at living history museums as an independent storyteller, teaching history through the eyes of a “person of the past.” He is a veteran of Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantation, Morristown National Historical Park, and the Old Barracks Museum. As an Irish Shannachie, David is known for tales that are so convincing “you can almost smell the peat.”

David holds a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Oswego, with additional study at Alvescot College, Oxford, and the College of William and Mary. He is actively engaged with History on the Hoof which presents historically-based character portrayals, songs, activities, and storytelling.

$45 per person – includes catered dinner with choice of entrée with garden salad and vegetables, mini desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.


Veterans Day Commemoration

Sunday, November 11 11 am – 2 pm National Memorial Arch Free Event
veterans day

Join Park staff and volunteers in a formal commemoration of the Continental Army’s legacy, and all of America’s past and present military, honoring their service to our country. Ceremony begins at the National Memorial Arch at 11 am with special events throughout the day including guided trolley tours at 12 and 2 pm. For more information, visit

This year’s honored guest is John E. James Jr. who was never allowed to serve as a commissioned officer but instead, served overseas as a corporal with an all-black battalion at a time when racial discrimination in the military was prevalent. After returning from his service in 1945, he was denied a promotion until 2018 when he was granted the well-deserved honor as 2nd Lieutenant John E. James, two weeks after his 98th birthday! 2nd Lieutenant James is father to Marion Lane, former Valley Forge Park Alliance Board member and Founding Member.

Take the ’78 Mile Challenge!

May 1 through October 31 Download log form:
Take the ’78 Mile Challenge!

The Valley Forge ’78 Mile Challenge encourages visitors to run, bike, hike, paddle, or walk along the park trails, roads, and waterways. After completing and recording the 78 miles, participants will receive a prize. «read more»