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 two-day tour takes you on a journey from Valley Forge to three historic homes that housed key figures in our fight for independence. 

  Montgomery County Battlefields and Encampments Tour

Day 1


Valley Forge March Out

  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 rag-tag militiamen into a well-trained military.

To truly understand the American Revolution, you need to understand Valley Forge, and a guided tour of the park is the best way to learn.

Muhlenberg Huts

Ranger-Led 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 Near National Memorial Arch

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.

Family Bicycling in Valley Forge State Park

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.


Graeme Park

   About 25 miles from Valley Forge, along the northern border of Montgomery County, is Graeme Park. Though no battles were fought here, the house 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, including one to George Washington asking for his surrender. 

Ambler Main Street

Graeme Park closes daily at 4 p.m., but there are plenty of options for evening entertainment in nearby Ambler. Butler Avenue is lined with shops and restaurants and is one of Montgomery County's many vibrant downtowns. 

Act II Playhouse

Act II Playhouse

 For a relaxing evening, enjoy a show at the Act II Playhouse.The theater's season, a mix of comedy and drama, plays and musicals, runs from September through June with special events sprinkled throughout. 

Day 2`

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 next door 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.

Paoli Battlefield

 Paoli Battlefield

If travelling home requires heading 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. 


Where to Stay: Hotels Near Ambler, PA

Courtyard - Plymouth MeetingCourtyard by Marriott - Plymouth Meeting
651 Fountain Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Distance: 5 Miles

The Courtyard Plymouth Meeting Hotel is ideally located near Center City Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, PHL Airport and the Crayola Factory. 

DoubleTree Philadelphia West InteriorDoubleTree Suites by Hilton - Philadelphia West
640 Fountain Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Distance: 5 Miles

The 253 spacious suites feature a living room, separate master bedroom, wet bar, coffee maker and refrigerator. Amenities include a pool, sun deck, whirlpool, sauna and exercise room, and the Brandywine Hunt Club & Grille.

Hampton Inn Plymouth MeetingHampton Inn - Philadelphia/Plymouth Meeting
2055 Chemical Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Distance: 6 Miles

136 rooms. Features complimentary hot breakfast buffet, restaurant and fitness room on-site. Conveniently located, with additional dining and shopping within walking distance. Internet access, HBO, USA Today and local calls. Group rates and Hilton Honors Rewards. 

Hyatt House Plymouth MeetingHyatt House Philadelphia/Plymouth Meeting
501 E Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401
Distance: 7 Miles

Conveniently located 2 miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike the HYATT HouseTM offers hotel accommodations with a residential atmosphere in all of our 131 guest suites. Book your next reservation and enjoy complimentary breakfast & Wi-Fi. 

Normandy FarmNormandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center
1401 Morris Rd
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Distance: 7 Miles

Historic property features 141 luxurious hotel rooms and suites, 17 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, two ballrooms, casual restaurant, championship golf and other recreational facilities.

Staybridge Suites ExteriorStaybridge Suites Montgomeryville
119 Garden Golf Blvd
North Wales, PA 19454
Distance: 7 Miles

The Montgomeryville Staybridge Suites is an extended stay hotel conveniently located to routes 202, 309 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The 105-suite property also features three conference/meeting rooms is equipped with audio/visual capabilities.

Hampton Inn Willow Grove ExteriorHampton Inn - Willow Grove
1500 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA 19464
Distance: 9 Miles

Welcome to the Hampton Inn Philadelphia/Willow Grove hotel. Located just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 276), our hotel is adjacent to the Willow Grove-Horsham business parks. 

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