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What to see at Valley Forge National Historical Park

This house, built in 1770, served as General Washington's headquarters at Valley Forge housing as many as 25 people; normally the house is open for tours but was closed due to the pandemic

This house, built in 1770, served as General Washington's headquarters at Valley Forge housing as many as 25 people; normally the house is open for tours but was closed due to the pandemic

The train station was completed in 1911 by the Reading Railroad and was the point of entry to the park for travelers who came by rail through the 1950s from Philadelphia; it now serves as the visitors center for Washington's headquarters

The train station was completed in 1911 by the Reading Railroad and was the point of entry to the park for travelers who came by rail through the 1950s from Philadelphia; it now serves as the visitors center for Washington's headquarters

The Washington Memorial Chapel and National Patriots Bell Tower carillon were completed in 1921 and 1953, respectively; the park's 26 miles of paved trails are very popular with runners

The Washington Memorial Chapel and National Patriots Bell Tower carillon were completed in 1921 and 1953, respectively; the park's 26 miles of paved trails are very popular with runners

Baron von Steuben was a Prussian and later an American military officer often credited with helping the Americans win by teaching the troops at Valley Forge the essentials of military drills, tactics, and discipline

Baron von Steuben was a Prussian and later an American military officer often credited with helping the Americans win by teaching the troops at Valley Forge the essentials of military drills, tactics, and discipline

These huts housed General Washington's guards near his headquarters; they were elite troops and were required to be native-born Americans to protect the General's family, supplies, equipment and papers

These huts housed General Washington's guards near his headquarters; they were elite troops and were required to be native-born Americans to protect the General's family, supplies, equipment and papers

The one lane General Knox Covered Bridge was built in 1865 at a cost of $1179; steel girders were added to reinforce and strengthen it after a fire in 1958

The one lane General Knox Covered Bridge was built in 1865 at a cost of $1179; steel girders were added to reinforce and strengthen it after a fire in 1958

Nathanael Greene emerged from the war with a reputation as General George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer, and is known for his successful command in the southern theater of the war; Greensboro NC is named for him

Nathanael Greene emerged from the war with a reputation as General George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer, and is known for his successful command in the southern theater of the war; Greensboro NC is named for him

The 60 ft tall National Memorial Arch(1917) was built to celebrate the arrival of General Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge; starvation, disease, malnutrition, and exposure killed 2,500  American soldiers by the end of February 1778

The 60 ft tall National Memorial Arch(1917) was built to celebrate the arrival of General Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge; starvation, disease, malnutrition, and exposure killed 2,500+ American soldiers by the end of February 1778

Valley Forge became the 4th largest city in the colonies during the winter of 1777-78 as 2000 cabins were built to house 12,000 soldiers; located on a large hill, the soldiers had good visibility on all sides

Valley Forge became the 4th largest city in the colonies during the winter of 1777-78 as 2000 cabins were built to house 12,000 soldiers; located on a large hill, the soldiers had good visibility on all sides

Valley Forge, once isolated from Philadelphia 18 miles away, is now surrounded by a dense urban area; traffic around and through the park has been an ongoing problem

Valley Forge, once isolated from Philadelphia 18 miles away, is now surrounded by a dense urban area; traffic around and through the park has been an ongoing problem

This 1908 monument honors General Anthony Wayne who, after the war, became a member of the Pennsylvania Convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution; the large visitors center was unfortunately closed due to Covid

This 1908 monument honors General Anthony Wayne who, after the war, became a member of the Pennsylvania Convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution; the large visitors center was unfortunately closed due to Covid

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