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The focal point of Valley Forge attractions is the 3,500-acre Valley Forge National Historical Park. It was here that General George Washington forged his Continental Army into a fighting force, during the difficult winter encampment of 1777-78. Of all places associated with America's War for Independence, none conveys the suffering, sacrifice and ultimate triumph more than Valley Forge.
No battles were fought, no bayonet charges or artillery bombardments took place. Nonetheless, some 2,000 soldiers died - more Americans than were killed at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown combined. Valley Forge is the story of an army's epic struggle to survive against terrible odds, hunger, disease and the unrelenting forces of nature.
Today, the park is a lush, 3,500-acre expanse of rolling hillsides dotted with flowering dogwood trees. Washington's original stone headquarters has been restored and furnished; log huts have been reconstructed; and statues and monuments throughout the park remind visitors of our national heritage. Among them are statues of General "Mad Anthony" Wayne and Baron Friedrich von Steuben; and the Monument to Patriots of African Descent.
Stop at the Visitors Center at the junction of Rt 23 and N. Gulph Rd. Open daily, it features exhibits, artifacts, a gift shop and an 18-minute film. Rangers will be leading "Ranger Walks" tours to discuss the life of everyday soldiers. The actual walk is a quarter mile. Free. Trolley tours available from the weekends in Sep and Oct at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Tours also available on Thanksgiving weekend and Dec 27-31.
Prices range from $8.50 (Children under 11) to $16.50 per person. Reservations for Trolley tours required - call 610.783.1074.