Patriot Trails Intro

George Washington spent six months in Valley Forge, but you only have a weekend explore the rich history he left behind. Montgomery County, Pa. is home to not only Valley Forge National Historical Park, but other sites that played an important role in the American Revolution. This three-day tour takes you on a journey from Valley Forge to three historic homes that housed key figures in our fight for independence.

Tour of Revolutionary War Sites in Montgomery County, PA

Day 1

Morning

Artillery Park Any tour of Montgomery County's Revolutionary War sites has to begin at Valley Forge National Historical Park. During its six-month encampment, the Continental Army was transformed from groups of divided soldiers into one united Continental Army. A Guided tour is the best way to begin.

Muhlenberg Huts

Walking Tour

Learn about the soldiers who once walked the grounds of Valley Forge as your follow in their footsteps for one-quarter mile on a 40-minute, ranger-led walking tour.

Trolley Tour

Trolley Tour

A 90-minute trolley tour is a great way to experience the park in the short amount of time. Run by the Encampment Store, these guided tours take you from the Visitor Center to all points of the park, with extended stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts and Washington's Headquarters.

Valley Forge Bike Tour Bike Tour

If you have a little more time and a little more energy, a guided bicycle tour is a great way to explore the park. The tours follow a five-mile loop that offers a chance to see some of the most important points in the park. Valley Forge Bike Rental provides the tours so be sure to check their website for seasonal hours.

Afternoon

Harriton House 

Harriton House

The American Revolution was not only fought on the battlefield, but in Congress. Charles Thomson served 15 years as Secretary of the Continental and Confederation Congresses, helping shape what would become the United States. The Harriton House in Bryn Mawr was Thomson's home for 35 years.

Harriton House is located along Philadelphia's Main Line, a succession of suburbs known for beautiful downtowns. Nearby Ardmore, "The Main Street of the Main Line," is home to Suburban Square, considered one of the earliest shopping centers in the United States.

The Old Guard House Inn
 

Old Guard House Inn

The Old Guard House Inn in nearby Gladwyne dates to the 1790s, just after the Revolution. The tavern rose to prominence under its second owner, John Rawlins, who was a captain of the volunteer rifle company during the War of 1812. Today, the restaurant serves classic Continental and German cuisine in the rustic setting.

Day 2`

Indenhofen Farm

Evansburg State Park

Stretch your legs in the morning with a stroll around Evansburg State Park's six miles of scenic hiking trails, most of which are rated for easy walking. Or experience it the way George Washington did: on horseback. Inside the park you will also find Indenhofen Farm, a historic site that witnessed Washington's march (and is open for tours one Sunday each month). 

Peter Wentz Farmstead

Peter Wentz Farmstead

Just a few miles east of the park is the Peter Wentz Farmstead, Washington's forgotten headquarters. General Washington set up offices in the farmhouse during the fall of 1777 prior to the Battle of Germantown, more than a month before the Continental Army arrived in Valley Forge. The property is open for tours, with events throughout the year that celebrate early American farm life.

Pennypacker Mills

Pennypacker Mills

Eight miles east of Peter Wentz Farmstead is where you will find Pennypacker Mills, a historic site that traces its history to the early 18th Century. Before and after the Battle of Germantown, the adjacent property was an encampment site for the Continental Army. The Pennypacker Mansion, which was expanded in 1901, was home to former Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker and is now a museum showcasing early 20th Century life. Forty-five minute guided tours are available hourly.

Ambler Main Street

Ambler

Pennypacker Mills closes at 4 p.m., leaving you an evening to unplug and enjoy. The nearby town of Ambler is home to one of Montgomery County's many vibrant Main Streets. Explore Butler Avenue, home to unique shops and boutiques, independent restaurants, and excellent entertainment. Relax and unwind after a long day by taking in a performance at Act II Playhouse, an intimate venue offering a range of plays and musicals throughout the year.

Day 3

Fort Washington State Park

Fort Washington State Park

Before Valley Forge, the Continental Army encamped at Whitemarsh, now known as Fort Washington. Much of the area that served as the encampment is now a part of Fort Washington State Park. Fort Hill, now site of the park office, is where the namesake fort once stood, though no trace remains today. Militia Hill to the west was the site where the Pennsylvania Militia was stationed. Also on the property is the Clifton House, a museum and library run by the Fort Washington Historical Society. The park is also features 3.5 miles of trails to explore the forest and fields.

Hope Lodge Skirmish

Hope Lodge

Located adjacent to Fort Washington State Park is Hope Lodge, a historic estate that witnessed the Continental Army's encampment. The home, open for public tours on select Sundays in summer and fall, is home to the annual Whitemarsh Encampment Re-enactment, held annually the first weekend in November to commemorate Washington's encampment that began November 2, 1777. 

After a quick lunch, there is still time for at least one more stop along your way home:

Paoli Battlefield

Paoli Battlefield

If you are south or west, be sure to make a stop at the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park in Malvern, along Route 30 just outside Montgomery County. The park was site of the Paoli Massacre, where British forces ambushed General Wayne's troops, with the Americans suffering significant casualties during the fighting. The battlefield is now preserved as a historical park and open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Graeme Park

Graeme Park

If you are heading north, Graeme Park is located along the northern border of Montgomery County. Though no battles were fought here, the home that sits on the property played a key role in the fighting. Henry Fergusson, a British loyalist, was married to Elizabeth Graeme, whom he used to pass messages to the Continental Army. One of those messages was to George Washington asking for his surrender. The house and grounds are open for public tours each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Where to Stay: Hotels near Valley Forge

Valley Forge was a strategic position for the Continental Army and is an ideal location for your weekend "encampment." Settle in at one of the multitude of hotels within a short drive of Valley Forge National Historical Park:

Radisson Valley ForgeRadisson Valley Forge Hotel
1160 First Ave
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 1 Mile
610.337.2000

Connected to Valley Forge Casino Resort with more than 100,000-square-feet of convention exhibit space, 486 guest rooms and suites, seven restaurants, fitness center and spa, 45 meeting rooms, four fabulous ballrooms and Seven The Nightclub. 

Sheraton Valley ForgeSheraton Valley Forge
480 N. Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 1 Mile
484.238.1800

Experience style, comfort and versatility at the new Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel featuring 180 stylish guest rooms, 58 spacious suites, 25,000 square feet of flexible event space, including a 10,000 square- foot ballroom.

Springhill Suites Valley ForgeSpringHill Suites Philadelphia Valley Forge/King of Prussia
875 Mancill Mill Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 1 Mile
610.783.1400

This 131-suite hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travelers. The SpringHill offers a seamless blend of style and function along with luxurious bedding, and great amenities to ensure a stay is anything, but ordinary. 

Valley Forge Casino ResortValley Forge Casino Resort
1160 First Ave
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 1 Mile
610.354.8118

150,000 square feet of flexible exhibit space, meeting rooms, boardrooms, ballrooms and banquet space. Full banquet facilities, conference set-ups, free parking for 2,300, indoor access to Radisson Hotel. Conveniently located near I-76 and Rte 202, King of Prussia. 

Holiday Inn ExpressHoliday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - King of Prussia
260 N. Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 2 Miles
610.768.9500

Three Diamond AAA rating. Complimentary Express Start Breakfast, USA Today newspaper, HBO, CNN, ESPN, high speed internet access, and fitness room with whirlpool. New two-room suites. Discounts at local restaurants.

Hyatt HouseHyatt house Philadelphia/King of Prussia
240 Mall Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 2 Miles
610.265.3000

Less than one mile from the King of Prussia Mall, the recently-built HYATT HouseTM Philadelphia/King of Prussia mixes comfort and convenience along with easy access to Interstate 76, and Routes 202 and 422. Complimentary full breakfast buffet included. 

Hyatt PlaceHyatt Place - Philadelphia/King of Prussia
440 American Ave
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 2 Miles
484.690.3000

Extended services in a contemporary select-service hotel. Indoor pool, fitness center, free Continental breakfast, 24/7 food and beverage. Two miles from King of Prussia Mall with easy access to highways and fortune 500 companies. 

Residence Inn Valley ForgeResidence Inn by Marriott - Valley Forge
600 W. Swedesford Rd
Berwyn, PA 19312
Distance: 2 Miles
610.640.9494

88 spacious guest suites rooms. Complimentary breakfast; fully equipped kitchens; living room areas in all suites; complimentary high speed internet access; pool; fitness center. Pets welcome (fee). Great for relocations. New outdoor experience, including grill, fire pit and seating.

Courtyard - Valley ForgeCourtyard by Marriott - Valley Forge
1100 Drummers Ln
Wayne, PA 19087
Distance: 3 Miles
610.687.6700

Select service, moderately priced hotel with 150 guest rooms and suites, offering indoor pool, business center, exercise room, and complimentary WiFi. It features recently renovated guest rooms. Enjoy breakfast, dinner, and cocktails in the Bistro -open daily. 

Crowne PlazaCrowne Plaza Philadelphia - King of Prussia
260 Mall Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 3 Miles
610.265.7500

Located directly across from the mall, this stylish hotel offers 225 guest accommodations, award-winning restaurant with lounge, two elegant ballrooms and state-of-the-art amphitheater. IACC approved. 

Embassy Suites Valley ForgeEmbassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Valley Forge
888 Chesterbrook Blvd
Wayne, PA 19087
Distance: 3 Miles
610.647.6700

229 spacious, beautifully-appointed two-room suites, complimentary breakfast buffet, evening reception and Internet. On-site restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, and fitness room. Near six major highways and minutes from King of Prussia/Valley Forge. 

Fairfield Inn Valley ForgeFairfield Inn Philadelphia - Valley Forge
258 Mall Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 3 Miles
610.337.0700

Located directly across from King of Prussia Mall, nearby several popular restaurants, this friendly 80- room hotel offers complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and access to Bally Total Fitness Center with indoor pool. 

Homewood SuitesHomewood Suites - Valley Forge
681 Shannondell Blvd
Audubon, PA 19403
Distance: 3 Miles
610.539.7300

123 studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom suites. Our guests enjoy all the conveniences of home while on the road. We offer a complimentary hot breakfast each morning and an evening social Monday through Thursday nights.

Comfort Inn Valley ForgeComfort Inn - Valley Forge
550 W. DeKalb Pk
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 4 Miles
610.962.0700

Complimentary Hot breakfast, newspaper, HBO, free high-speed wireless internet, fitness center, data ports, iron and board, coffeemaker, hairdryer. Refrigerators available. Adjacent to the King of Prussia Mall. AAA/AARP discounts. Silver Award winner. 

DoubleTree Valley ForgeDoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia/Valley Forge
301 W. DeKalb Pk
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 4 Miles
610.337.1200

North of the King of Prussia Mall on US 202, DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia/Valley Forge features 327 newly renovated luxurious guest rooms, a health club, outdoor heated 3 season pool and gift shop. 

Hampton Inn King of PrussiaHampton Inn - King of Prussia
530 W. DeKalb Pk
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Distance: 4 Miles
610.962.8111

With 147 guest rooms, this property offers multi-purpose rooms for meetings and functions as well as free business and fitness centers. King deluxe rooms with microwave and refrigerator also offered. Free deluxe breakfast bar. Group rates available. 

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