Valley Forge National Historical Park
On December 19, 1777, George Washington led a weary Continental Army into Valley Forge. For the next six months, the hills along the banks of the Schuylkill River would serve as the Army's home.
The men built hundreds of small log huts, each one serving as quarters for a dozen soldiers. For these six months, Valley Forge was one of the largest cities in the colonies.
Muhlenberg Brigade Huts
To stave off the cold during the harsh winter, Washington's men erected crude huts to serve as temporary barracks. Twelve men were assigned to each hut.
The reconstructed huts are on the site of General Peter Muhlenberg's encampment. The huts are the center for historical interpretation at the park, staffed with interpreters through the summer months, and help show what daily life was like in the Valley Forge camp.
Due to the impacts of flooding from Post-Tropical Cyclone Ida, the interior of Washington's Headquarters remains closed indefinitely.
During his time in Valley Forge, George Washington set up his headquarters in a small two-story stone building. The building could be considered the "Pentagon" of its time, as it is was the place where Washington and his highest-ranking officers worked and lived during the encampment.
Rows of cannons line artillery park, the site where Henry Knox and his artillery unit trained during the winter encampment.
The area is one of the most picturesque in the park, a great photo opportunity year-round.
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. Tour times vary by season so be sure to check the Encampment Store's website before planning your visit.
*Trolley Tours are not currently operating*
For more information on the history of Valley Forge, please visit Patriot Trails, our interactive Revolutionary War History Tours. Here you can dig deeper into the history of the Park and Revolutionary War-era sites throughout Montgomery County, including battlefields, historic homes where George Washington made his headquarters, and encampments sites.