Washington Memorial Chapel began as the idea of Rev. Dr. W. Herbert Burk, founder and first preacher at the chapel. Though independent of the park, the chapel grounds along Route 23 are completely surrounded by Valley Forge National Historical Park.
The Chapel was erected as a tribute to George Washington and the entire Continental Army, but it is also an active congregation that happily serves all those who visit the park.
The impressive interior is accented by beautiful stained glass windows and sculptures that depict the heroes of Valley Forge, including George Washington, Anthony Wayne, Alexander Hamilton and Martha Washington.
Another highlight of the Chapel is the National Patriots Bell Tower, which houses a traditional 58-bell carillon that serenades visitors the park during the summer months. You can read more about the carillon in our blog.
The Chapel is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with a tour schedule that varies by day. You can also visit the Chapel Cabin Shop, also open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The store is located in a log cabin behind the chapel and offers Revolutionary-themed gifts, artwork, books, and lunch fare.