Take a vacation to Valley Forge and you will have a great experience. General George Washington trained his Continental Army here in the winter of 1777-1778. Valley Forge is now a National Historical Park that consists of 3,600 acres. It is located in Montgomery County Pennsylvania. Montgomery County is full of history and a great vacation place.
Valley Forge is a very important part of Americas War for Independence. There was a great deal of suffering, sacrifice and eventual triumph. There were no battles fought here. There were no charges made and no artillery fired. Still 2,000 soldiers died at Valley Forge. Some accounts say 6,000 died. The enemy was the British but the weather, disease and lack of supplies.
The Artillery Park you will find rows of cannons and soldiers log huts that will remind you of that past and what happened at Valley Forge.
Valley Forge is a rolling hillside that is now full of flowering dogwoods that bloom in the spring. At the National Memorial Arch you will find the Statues of General “Mad Anthony” Wayne and Baron Friedrich Von Steuben. There is also the Monument to Patriots of African Descent.
General Washington’s original stone headquarters has been restored and is open to the public daily. The Valley Forge Train Station has been restored and has an exhibit of Washington as commander in chief.
Valley Forge Park has designated picnic areas. There are 28 miles of trails and 10 miles of horse trails. The Joseph Plumb Martin trail is a little over 6 miles long.
It is best to begin your Valley Forge tour at the Visitor Center. There are people there than can help you plan your park visit. They can help you find hotels and restaurants. The center also has a museum that contains artifacts from George Washington’s stay at Valley Forge. They also have maps that will help you with your tour of Valley Forge.
There is a Valley Forge Canteen that is open during the tourist season. The canteen has hot dogs, ice cream, soft drinks and several other items.
The Washington Memorial Chapel has displays on George Washington’s life. There are also American history displays. There are statues, carvings and huge stained glass windows.
If you like to ride a bicycle you should tour Valley Forge by using the bike trails. They are well kept and a great way to take in the sites of Valley Forge.
Another great adventure is the 90 minute guided Trolley Tour. The Trolley Tour stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts and Washington’s Headquarters.
You visit to Valley Forge will be a great adventure vacation. There is much to see and experience. It is a great trip into the past.