The story of the Valley Forge Park Alliance is a story that starts when the first citizen stewards of this land lived here in the Northeastern woodlands. 1,500 years ago the Lenni Lenape were the first Indigenous Peoples in the land we now call Valley Forge. The Lenni Lenape were both hunters and agriculturalists residing in bands along various rivers and streams. They were pushed westward when Pennsylvania was settled by William Penn.
In 1777-1778, the desolate six month winter encampment of the Continental Army took place at Valley Forge. Here, General George Washington transformed separate colonial militias, approximately 12,000 soldiers, into a confident, cohesive and disciplined fighting force that went on to win the Revolutionary War and secure independence for America. Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Valley Forge Park Alliance commemorate the generals, soldiers, enslaved people, Indigenous people, women, and children who sacrificed and faced harsh conditions during the Encampment for our freedoms. Valley Forge National Historical Park honors and represents the courage and perseverance of our citizens, leaders, and all peoples who pulled together to overcome adversity during an extraordinary time.