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 • publiclandsalliance.org
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.
Final Speaker Event of the Season • Tickets now available
|Tuesday, May 9 New Date 7 pm Park Theater||Advance registration required|
Turning the Tides of War: French Alliance
|Saturday, May 6 10 am – 4 pm Muhlenberg Brigade Huts||Free Event|
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.
|11 – 11:30 am||French Alliance Day Military Ceremony|
|12 pm||Grand Opening of Fort John Moore Redoubt with ceremonial ribbon cutting by General Du Portail|
|1 – 1:30 pm||French Alliance Day Military Ceremony|
|3 – 3:30 pm||French Alliance Day Military Ceremony|
|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.
Weaving, Sewing, & Washing
Espionage: Tricks of the Trade
Musket Firing Demonstrations
...and much more!
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...
Student Transportation Funds for Teachers
The Friends of Valley Forge Park has established a fund to provide free transportation for qualifying school groups to visit the Valley Forge National Historical Park (VFNHP). The goal is to make it easier for teachers and students to access the exhibits and many educational resources offered by the VFNHP. Funds to reimburse the costs of transportation are currently available, on a first-come, first-served basis, to Schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey Regions (schools should be within a 45 mile radius of VFNHP). read more
|Saturday October 17* 9 am – 1 pm||Comfortable clothing & sturdy footwear recommended|
|* subject to rescheduling based on weather|
Thanks to the great work of NOVA (Network Of Volunteer Associates), sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the Hut Brigade has been busy assisting NPS staff with daubing and doing whatever necessary to bring the new huts to completion so that visitors can enjoy. Join the fun and make a great contribution to this important work. No prior construction or building experience is necessary however you must be at least 16 years old to participate. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valley Forge Legacy: The Muster Roll Project
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.