VALLEY FORGE PARK
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
PLAYCRAFTERS OF SKIPPACK
In the heart of Skippack Village, in a renovated barn, Playcrafters of Skippack is staging award-nominated theater productions. Playcrafters' season runs April through October so be sure to catch a show during your visit.
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.
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 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Satruday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
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.