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 Historic Homes 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.

National Memorial Arch - Valley Forge Park

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.


Peter Wentz Farmstead

Peter Wentz Farmstead

From Valley Forge, travel 10 miles north to head further back in time, to the fall of 1777. Here you will discover the Peter Wentz Farmstead, Washington's forgotten headquarters. Washington set up offices in the farmhouse during the fall of 1777 prior to the Battle of Germantown.  The property is open for tours, with events celebrating early American farm life.

Floral and Hardy Skippack

Skippack Village

The Farmstead closes daily at 4 p.m. so that leaves you plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely evening in nearby Skippack Village. Skippack is home to more than 80 specialty shops, restaurants and businesses, all of them independently owned and operated.

DCP Theatre

DCP Theatre

If you prefer to sit back and relax in the evening, the nearby DCP Theatre is sure to keep you entertained. Performances are scheduled throughout the year, with DCP's talented performers presenting a wide range of shows from farcical comedies to dramatic mysteries. Be sure to check DCP's performance schedule before planning your visit.

Day 2`

Woodside Lodge Start your day with hearty Sunday brunch at Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain. Woodside Lodge has been a stopover point in western Montgomery County for nearly 100 years. The Buckman Tavern, Woodside's on-site pub, is named for the Buckman Tavern in Lexington Commons, Massachusetts, where minutemen gathered prior to the first shot in the Revolutionary War.

Pennypacker Mills Exterior

Pennypacker Mills

Just down the road from Woodside Lodge is Pennypacker Mills, a historic site that traces its history to the early 18th Century. Before and afterthe Battle of Germanown, 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 at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Pottsgrove Manor Hearth Pottsgrove Manor

The last stop on the tour takes you 13 miles west to Pottsgrove Manor. The Manor is the former home of the Potts family, ironmasters who owned a portfolio of iron forges throughout Montgomery County. John Potts also owned Mount Joy Forge, better known as Valley Forge, where his mansion became Washington's Headquarters. Pottsgrove Manor is open until 4 p.m. every day (except Mondays), with the last guided tour leaving at 3 p.m.


Where to Stay: Hotels Near Skippack, PA

Courtyard LogoCourtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Lansdale
1737 Sumnetown Pk
Lansdale, PA 19446
Distance: 4 Miles

The new Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Lansdale Hotel offers 125 guestrooms and 10 suites with complimentary internet access, fitness center and indoor pool. Enjoy The Bistro for breakfast and serving Starbucks coffee. In the evening relax at The Porch restaurant for a delicious meal and beverage. Catering services available for up to 150 guests. 

Holiday Inn LansdaleHoliday Inn Lansdale
1750 Sumneytown Pk
Kulpsville, PA 19443
Distance: 4 Miles

Located off Exit 31, of the Northeast Extension, this newly-renovated 182-room property with high-speed wireless Internet, microwave, and refrigerator offers 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, as well as upscale dining, bar/lounge, outdoor pool, and fitness center. 

Courtyard - Collegeville, PACourtyard by Marriott - Philadelphia Valley Forge/Collegeville
600 Campus Dr
Collegeville, PA 19426
Distance: 8 Miles

132 rooms. Marriott rewards, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center on-site, restaurant, free high-speed internet, five spacious meeting rooms. Great weekend rates!

Normandy Farm EntrywayNormandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center
1401 Morris Rd
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Distance: 8 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.

Hyatt House ExteriorHyatt House Philadelphia/Plymouth Meeting
501 E Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401
Distance: 9 Miles

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

Staybridge Suites ExteriorStaybridge Suites - Philadelphia Valley Forge
88 Anchor Pkwy
Royersford, PA 19468
Distance: 9 Miles

Brand new all-suite hotel with full kitchens, complimentary breakfast buffet and "sundowner evening reception," fitness center, free high-speed Internet. Minutes from King of Prussia Mall and Philadelphia Premium Outlets. 

Hampton Inn LogoHampton Inn Limerick
430 Limerick Trappe Rd
Limerick, PA 19468
Distance: 10 Miles

The newly-built Hampton Inn Limerick is just off Route 422 and 35 minutes from downtown Philadelphia. It's convenient to the Greater Philadelphia Exposition Center, Philadelphia Premium Outlets, and several companies including Yarde Metals and Pfizer. 

Hampton Inn ExteriorHampton Inn & Suites - Valley Forge/Oaks
100 Cresson Blvd
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Distance: 10 Miles

Hampton Inn and Suites - Valley Forge/Oaks offers 107 deluxe rooms and two-room suites with kitchens. Free Continental breakfast, local calls, high-speed internet, HBO business center, meeting rooms, heated outdoor pool and exercise room.

Hilton Garden Inn Valley ForgeHilton Garden Inn Valley Forge
500 Cresson Blvd
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Distance: 10 Miles

Hotel offers 135 spacious rooms, over 4,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space, restaurant serving breakfast and dinner (evening room serviced also available), full bar, indoor pool with whirlpool, and more. 

Homewood Suites ExteriorHomewood Suites - Valley Forge
681 Shannondell Blvd
Audubon, PA 19403
Distance: 10 Miles

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.

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