The Village of Valley Forge is best known as the home of George Washington's Continental Army encampment, a primary American Revolutionary War site during the winter of 1777-78. The village is home to the gorgeous Valley Forge National Historical Park, which preserves sites connected to the encampment and the area's military and pioneer history. Other area historic sites include the United States National Memorial Arch, honoring the Continental Army's soldiers, and the Freedoms Foundation's Medal of Honor Grove, which commemorates recipients of the prestigious military medal.
1.Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates the site of the Continental Army's third winter encampment, which lasted between December of 1777 and June of 1778. Since 1976, the site has been protected as a national historical park, stretching across 3,500 acres throughout the Valley Forge area. Recreated historic encampment structures are showcased alongside monuments honoring Continental soldiers across the nation. A visitor center and museum highlight exhibits of Revolutionary War-era artifacts and provide an overview of the timeline of the American Revolution. Ranger-led programming is offered seasonally, including walking and trolley tours of the site. 26 miles of hiking and biking trails traverse the site, connecting to boating and fishing areas on the Schuylkill River.
1400 N Outer Line Dr, King of Prussia, PA 19406, Phone: 610-783-1000
2.Washington Memorial Chapel
Washington Memorial Chapel is a national memorial dedicated to the memory of General and President George Washington, located on the grounds of the Episcopal church parish of the same name on Pennsylvania Route 23 within Valley Forge National Historical Park. The church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by architect Milton B. Medary and was preserved as part of the development of the establishment of the Valley Forge Museum of American History. Visitors can explore the chapel's interior and grounds throughout the week or enjoy carillon concerts throughout the year at the chapel's bell tower.
2000 Valley Forge Park Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406, Phone: 610-783-0120
3.United States National Memorial Arch
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United States National Memorial Arch is a monument honoring the arrival of General George Washington's Continental Army at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78. The arch is located at the site of the former military camp, just 15 minutes northwest of the city of Philadelphia in Upper Merion Township. It is dedicated to the officers and private soldiers of the Continental Army and was designed by Paul Philippe Cret, designed to mimic Rome's Triumphal Arch of Titus. More than one million visitors explore the arch and its surrounding park grounds, which are overseen by the National Park Service, each year.
420 Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406, Phone: 610-783-1000
4.The Freedoms Foundation
The Freedoms Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history, legacy, and values of the Medal of Honor and the contributions of its recipients over the years. Visitors can explore the foundation's grounds, located adjacent to the beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park, each day during daylight hours. Landmarks include the foundation's Bill of Responsibilities declaration, which outlines the organization's key principles and values, and the Medal of Honor Grove, which stands as the nation's only living testimony to medal recipients. The non-denominational Faith of Our Fathers Chapel holds wedding ceremonies, reflections services, and other special events throughout the year. Visitors can also bring their pets to explore the grove's 52-acre woodland park and its memorial statues and gardens.
1601 Valley Forge Rd, Valley Forge, PA 19482, Phone: 800-896-5488
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