Historic Valley Forge & Montco: One Day Itinerary
George Washington spent six months in Valley Forge, but you only have one day to explore the rich history he left behind. Montgomery County is home to not only Valley Forge National Historical Park, but other sites that played an important role in the American Revolution including those that served as Army hospitals, sites of skirmishes, and buildings that were once used as Washington's Headquarters.
Any tour of Montgomery County's Revolutionary War sites has to begin at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Multiple options are available for tours, including self-guided audio tours, ranger-led walking tours, trolley tours and bicycle tours. Here are several can't-miss sites.
VALLEY FORGE VISITORS CENTER
Open daily, the Visitor Center provides the perfect jumping off point for your tour. Talk to a park ranger, get a map, and check out the museum exhibits, including a life-sized model of George Washington riding a horse!
UNITED STATES NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARCH
Standing tall above the rest of the park, the Arch is a tribute to Washington's arrival in Valley Forge and is modeled after triumphal monuments of ancient Rome.
A visit to the park will take most of the morning. With a stop for lunch, that means you only have time for one more stop in the afternoon. Here are a few options:
Distance: 15 Miles
About: Site of a temporary encampment before and after the Battle of Germantown, Pennypacker Mills is open to the public as a museum and living history site, with a collection of artifacts from its most famous resident, Governor Samuel Pennypacker.
Where to Eat: Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain
PETER WENTZ FARMSTEAD
Distance: 10 Miles
About: Peter Wentz established his farm on the property in 1744, but it was in 1778 that the estate became part of American history, twice serving as George Washington's headquarters. The property is open for tours, with events celebrating early American farm life.
Where to Eat: The Farmer's Daughter Bar & Restaurant
Distance: 15 Miles
About: Before arriving in Valley Forge, the Continental Army spent six weeks in the fields surrounding Hope Lodge, a time known as the Whitemarsh Encampment. The property is open select dates for tours and the encampment is re-enacted every year in early November.
Where to Eat: Dave & Buster's Plymouth Meeting
PAOLI BATTLEFIELD HISTORICAL PARK
Distance: 7 Miles
About: On September 20, 1777, the British surprised a retreating American army with a quick, decisive attack. The battlefield has been preserved as a 40-acre public park with a memorial to the 53 soldiers who lost their lives in the battle.
Where to Eat: Historic General Warren Restaurant