Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Valley Forge National Historical Park, one of more than 400 national parks managed by the National Park Service, is a 3,452 acre national park located approximately 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Valley Forge National Historical Park is nationally significant as the location of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. Few places evoke the spirit of patriotism and independence, represent individual and collective sacrifice, or demonstrate the resolve, tenacity and determination of the people of the United States to be free as does Valley Forge. The historic landscapes, structures, objects, and archeological and natural resources at Valley Forge are tangible links to one of the most defining events in our nation’s history Here the Continental Army under Washington's leadership emerged as a cohesive and disciplined fighting force.
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  • JeffBreedlove
    Atlanta, Georgia4,529 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History Happened Here
    This is a very special place where history happened. Allow several hours to fully enjoy your visit. There’s a nice video to see in the visitor center before you take the tour which I highly recommend . This is a truly moving experience Make sure you visit Washington’s headquarters that is a bit of a walk from the parking area down to the actual house, but it is well worth the short walk Go enjoy
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • mss12078
    Gloversville, New York384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the stop
    A very nice welcome center. Movie every half hour is very informative and a good way to start the tour. We reserved the trolley tour which take about an hour and a half. The tour guide was very informative and you make two stops. The rangers at the two stops do an excellent job. After the Trolley tour did a couple of things on our own. Glad we stopped
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • amy v
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip .
    The park may be small but well worth the trip We did not take the trolley tour but walked the same route as the trolley. Each stop along the paths was well-marked with stunning views. The highlight was Washington Headquarters and the Park Ranger whose insight into living conditions, people, and daily life was informative without being dull or overwhelming.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Rumzzz
    Irving, Texas130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic beauty
    The park is well maintained and offers a safe 360° driving route across its outer borders, as well as several trails for pedestrians and cyclists. Even in harsh winter (December), this was beautiful, I can only imagine what it must be like in summer or spring. We didn’t need to pay to enter or drive around, although I suspect there are paid tours available.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Douglas B
    199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See for any history buff.
    My second visit and my son's first visit. A real revolutionary war buff could spend a full day or more exploring. Great place just to walk and enjoy a beautiful part of our nation's history.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Dean_Amy-2004
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania8,375 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The birth place of the American Army and training
    The visitor center video is worth the time to watch and get the background of what happened here and why it was significant for a new nation. The driving tour covers alot of area. Note some places are only open on the weekend now during the off season.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 12, 2024
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee3,747 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely historical park!
    We were lucky enough to tour the park last year on a trip back home to PA as I had never been here despite growing up in PA. We stopped at the Visitor Center to grab a map and we did a self-guided driving tour, which allowed us to stop and see all of the sites in the park and go at our own pace. It's quite a large historical park and it was very interesting to learn more about what these people went through during the winter of 1777-1778. We got lucky and came on a beautiful day and it was wonderful to just walk around and learn history. We loved coming here and would recommend this park to anyone who loves American history!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 24, 2024
  • MeryMeCo
    Galesburg, Illinois940 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Been looking forward to this for a long time
    We arrived earlier than we thought so we got to spend a little time at Valley Forge for two days. The first day we watched the movie and bought some items at the gift shop. We had tickets for the trolley ride on the second day and really enjoyed that. The guide was excellent and the rangers at the Potts House were interesting to listen to. It was just so interesting to see all the things I've been reading about for months and years.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 8, 2024
  • Jessie
    Virginia238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-do for a Rev War fan
    My sister and I stopped by, being Rev War fans. Valley Forge is very well done! We drove as we didn't have much time, but it's laid out such that someone wanting to walk or bike can also easily get around. The house Washington stayed in still stands and is absolutely worth the visit. When you go to visit it, you don't have to take the long walkway if you don't want to. Go down to the end of the train station and there's some stairs that will drastically shorten your walk.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written May 22, 2024
  • sarahvirginia2016
    Richmond, Virginia107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A National Park Favorite
    My husband and I brought our bicycles and had a wonderful day riding around Valley Forge. The biking/walking is all off road and we had a wonderful time seeing the beautiful pastoral landscape and visiting Washington's Headquarters and the chapel. It seems that the park is much loved by the locals. There were lots of people walking their dogs and flying kites.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
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Jennifer W
131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
We did the trolley tour which was informative but almost too rushed and not enough time to take pictures through the tour.
Written July 5, 2024
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Jingxing Z
Nice, France19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We started at the visitor centre and saw the film and the exhibition. Then we headed to the Washington Memorial Chapel, Steuben statue, Washington headquarter, artillery park, National Memorial Arch, all on foot. Most of routes here have pedestrian-specific paths, but some do not - so you will have to work along car roads. However, it feels rewarding when you reach a destination.
Written June 28, 2024
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joekellymorse
Slidell, LA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Excellent tour; you can ride the trolly bus or do your own tour in your car with the audible your guide using your blue tooth. We used the blue tooth (saved a lot of money) and found it very easy to use. Beautiful grounds, well maintained with a great museum in the visitor’s center. Be sure to catch the 20 minute movie in the theater.
Written June 24, 2024
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FunFamily05
Tennessee102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
What a great visit! The National Park welcome center was fantastic and we really enjoyed the video which did a great job of telling the reasons for the VF encampment and the importance of it in regard to the Revolution. We didn’t do the official tour but we did drive the 10 mile road through the park. We stopped at the log cabin replicas huts which showed how small and cramped the living situation was for the troops. We also stopped at The George Washington home/hq’s. We are so glad we made this visit!
Written June 16, 2024
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Ross T
Portland, TX272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Our time at the National Historical Park was well spent. We viewed the interpretive museum, watched the informative movie, and dutifully spent money in the gift shop (tee shirt for grandson). I have a friend who informed me that he had an ancestor at Valley Forge, so I looked him up on the on-line muster roll, and found him. The process was straight forward and easy. My friend was overjoyed that he is the descendant of a Revolutionary War Veteran. Afterward, we drove around the park. The highlight of the driving tour was the actual house that Washington used for his headquarters. It's layout or rooms and furnishings were historically accurate. The Ranger at the headquarters was very courteous and a wealth of information. We very much enjoyed our half-day visit.
Written June 10, 2024
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SfromJersey
Berkeley Heights, NJ89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
I had low expectations because there was no actual fighting that took place here, but I was pleasantly surprised how fascinating this all was. The park is beautiful and well maintained and has so much history. We did the trolley tour and I think that was the best way to see and learn because the park is so massive. Afterwards we grabbed a map from the visitor center and went back and visited places we either didn’t get off the trolley for or wanted to see more of. We ended up being there about half a day for a relaxing and educational time well spent.
Written June 10, 2024
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sarahvirginia2016
Richmond, VA107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I brought our bicycles and had a wonderful day riding around Valley Forge. The biking/walking is all off road and we had a wonderful time seeing the beautiful pastoral landscape and visiting Washington's Headquarters and the chapel. It seems that the park is much loved by the locals. There were lots of people walking their dogs and flying kites.
Written May 28, 2024
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Jessie
Virginia238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My sister and I stopped by, being Rev War fans. Valley Forge is very well done! We drove as we didn't have much time, but it's laid out such that someone wanting to walk or bike can also easily get around. The house Washington stayed in still stands and is absolutely worth the visit. When you go to visit it, you don't have to take the long walkway if you don't want to. Go down to the end of the train station and there's some stairs that will drastically shorten your walk.
Written May 22, 2024
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MeryMeCo
Galesburg, IL940 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We arrived earlier than we thought so we got to spend a little time at Valley Forge for two days. The first day we watched the movie and bought some items at the gift shop. We had tickets for the trolley ride on the second day and really enjoyed that. The guide was excellent and the rangers at the Potts House were interesting to listen to. It was just so interesting to see all the things I've been reading about for months and years.
Written May 8, 2024
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1,436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went to Valley Forge National Historic Park on our recent US History Tour. We made only a brief stop at the Visitors Center to pick up our guide, Ken for our bus tour of the park. He was an excellent guide, sharing his wealth of knowledge about Valley Forge and the background and events that took place there, and the conditions Washington’s army experienced during their encampment and training. He spoke in an interesting and upbeat way. I learned lots of detail I had not known before. We went to some very small reconstructed cabins that were typical of those built by the soldiers for shelter. We toured Washington’s headquarters and the nearby train station. There were numerous monuments, which our guide pointed out and told us about as we drove by. We passed the site of a field “hospital” and heard what happened in various places on the Nat’l Park route through the valley. The area was bordered by the Schuylkill River, Valley Creek and a ridge to the southeast. This was very thought-provoking as I contemplated the difficulties faced by those who served there.
Written April 29, 2024
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