October Events

History Events Along Patriot Trails

The rich history of Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa., is celebrated with living history, lectures, encampments and historic events throughout the year. This October, as we mark 240 years since the Continental Army's encampment in Montgomery County, the calendar is as busy as ever. 

Here are some of the Revolutionary War events happening this month (with a few more events of interest that we think you will like) along Patriot Trails and beyond.

Pennypacker Mills

REVOLUTIONARY WAR ENCAMPMENT WALK

October 1
Pennypacker Mills

In the fall 1777, more than 9,000 Continental soldiers made camp on the grounds of Pennypacker Mills. On Sunday, visitors are invited to take a guided tour of the grounds with a focus on where the soldiers stayed and the gravesites where soldiers are buried.

WASHINGTON'S ENCAMPMENT AT SKIPPACK

September 30 - October 1
Skippack Historical Society

Enter the 18th century and experience the life of a revolutionary soldier; meet legendary figures in American history like George Washington, Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton and others; and experience the fire of muskets during Washington's Encampment at Skippack, September 30 to October 1.
 

Washington Memorial Chapel

GERMANS AROUND VALLEY FORGE

October 3
Washington Memorial Chapel

The Valley Forge Park Alliance presents its Speaker Series events on the first Tuesday of the month at the Washington Memorial Chapel inside Valley Forge Park. This month, the Rev. Karl Kreuger, Ph.D. - Associate Priest, Washington Memorial Chapel - explores the American Revolution through the eyes of the Pennsylvania Germans who lived and worked in the area around Valley Forge during the war.

FARM DAY

October 4
Peter Wentz Farmstead

Farming is hard work, and on October 4, preschoolers have a chance to experience what life was like on the farm during the 1700s. This program gives three- and four-year-olds a chance to experience sweeping, fetching water, cleaning, feeding the chickens and more.

FALL CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS

October 7
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Join a National Park Ranger around the campfire for a unique evening of storytelling at Valley Forge Park. The Fall Campfire Programs are offered after-hours and provide a unique experience for park visitors. This week's discussion is titled "Not Just for Marshmallows," a look at the use of fire throughout human history.

A REVOLUTIONARY LECTURE SERIES

October 9
Historic General Warren Restaurant

Presented by the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, A Revolutionary Lecture Series takes a deeper look at the Revolutionary War and America's path to freedom. In October, author Christian McBurney discusses his new book Abductions in the Revolution, and takes a look at the tactic of kidnapping enemy leaders, including stories of successful and failed attempts throughout the war.

LUNCH & LEARN: MARY LINCOLN

October 11
Graeme Park

Part of Graeme Park's Lunch & Learn Series, the October 11 event features a discussion on Mary Lincoln, featuring historian Hugh Boyle. The event includes continental breakfast, a lecture on Mary Lincoln and a hot-and-cold lunch buffet.

Peter Wentz Farmstead

HOME & HEADQUARTERS: WAR COMES TO WORCESTER

October 14
Peter Wentz Farmstead

In 1777, 240 years ago this fall, George Washington and the Continental Army set up temporary residence on the grounds of the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester Township. On October 14, living history demonstrators will bring the encampment to life. Visitors will even have a chance to meet General Washington during the event.

LIVING HISTORY: FALL INTO FUN

October 14
Pottsgrove Manor

Experience fall in Colonial America during this living history presentation at Pottsgrove Manor. The all-ages program is specifically geared to giving kids a hands-on experience and includes make-and-take crafts for children.

FALL CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS

October 14
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Join a National Park Ranger around the campfire for a unique evening of storytelling at Valley Forge Park. The Fall Campfire Programs are offered after-hours and provide a unique experience for park visitors. This week's discussion is titled "Smallpox: More Destructive than an Enemy's Sword."

HISTORIC BARNS OF SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

October 19
Historical Society of Montgomery County

Author Greg Huber is an expert of Pennsylvania's barns and farm culture, and on October 19. His new book Historic Barns of Southern Pennsylvania: Archeticture & Preservation is the basis of this talk at the Historical Society of Montogmery County in Norristown. The book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Pennypacker Mills All Hallow's Eve Festival

ALL HALLOW'S EVE FALL FESTIVAL

October
Pennypacker Mills

Bring the family for a day of fun on the farm at the Pennypacker Mills All Hallow's Eve Fall Festival. The event features old-time fun including tractor-pulled hayrides, pumpkin painting, corn shucking, apple pressing and more. 

FALL CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS

October 21
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Join a National Park Ranger around the campfire for a unique evening of storytelling at Valley Forge Park. The Fall Campfire Programs are offered after-hours and provide a unique experience for park visitors. This week's discussion is titled "The British are Coming! The British are Coming!...Or are They?," a look at why the British never attacked Valley Forge.

Graeme Park in Fall

LIVING HISTORY SUNDAY: COLONIAL MEDICAL PRACTICES

October 22
Graeme Park

Meet "Dr. Benjamin Rush," Surgeon General of the Continental Army, as discusses the medical practices used by field doctors during the American Revolution.

Blacksmithing in Boyertown

BLACKSMITH DAY

October 28
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

Anvils will be ringing throughout the Jeremiah Sweinhart Carriage Factory at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles during the inaugural Blacksmith Day. The event features four hours of live blacksmithing demonstrations and presentations, fall refreshments and fun for all ages.

FALL CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS

October 28
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Join a National Park Ranger around the campfire for a unique evening of storytelling at Valley Forge Park. The Fall Campfire Programs are offered after-hours and provide a unique experience for park visitors. This week's discussion is titled "1 Part Bison, 2 Parts Ponderosa Pine," a look at the creation and protection of America's National Parks.

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