Hopewell Furnace NHP is currently closed and Valley Forge National Historical Park will close at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 26. The Park’s snow line (610-783-1095) will be updated on the morning of Tuesday, January 27. Please call to hear of recent conditions and/or further restrictions.
The Friends of Valley Forge
Our mission is to advocate for Valley Forge National Historical Park, to enhance the visitor experience and to promote public appreciation of the Park’s historic, environmental and recreational resources.
Friends Speaker Series
|Tuesday, February 3 7 pm||Washington Memorial Chapel|
On May 1, 1778, while Gen. Washington’s troops were camped at the now-iconic Valley Forge, the virtually unknown Battle of Crooked Billet was fought near Hatboro, Bucks County. The confrontation pitted Gen. John Lacey’s Pennsylvania militia against the Queen’s Rangers led by Capt. John Graves Simcoe and Lt. Col. Robert Abercromby.
Surprised and outmaneuvered, Lacey’s troops fled to Warminster, losing their much-needed supplies and equipment. Of the several hundred men in the militia, almost one-quarter were killed, wounded or taken prison. Crooked Billet was a brutal battle, with the British committing war atrocities as never seen before.
About the Speaker
Scott Randolph, who has worked in television and film for over twenty years, has produced and directed numerous local, regional, and national television shows and films. His documentary, The Battle of The Crooked Billet, won two Telly Awards in Excellence for a Historical/Biography and Excellence in Videography.
Scott is the director for the national PBS television show Christina, which, under his guidance, became the #1 cooking show on cable. He has also directed fundraising shows for WHYY in Philadelphia.
He also won both a Telly and a Communicator Award for the orientation video for Graeme Park State Park (Horsham, PA), a national registered site.
In 2010, the marketing video Scott directed and produced for the Friends of Washington Crossing was shown at the Liberty Medal Ceremony for British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Scott is currently working on American Czestochowa, a documentary about the National Shrine at Czestochowa.
Join the Continental Army!
|First Saturday of the month Jan–Apr 11 am – noon||Register @ Visitor Center by 10:45|
|Next Session: Saturday, Feburary 7||Participants must be 7 years or older|
Activities will take place outdoors. Please dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes. Event is weather dependent.
Children are invited to Join the Continental Army and experience a day in the life of the continental soldier. Recruits will be mustered, or registered, and receive enlistment papers and continental currency. Using wooden (dummy) muskets, participants learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill.
Move up the Ranks! To advance in skills and be promoted within the ranks of the Continental Army, attendees are encouraged to participate in the four-part training sessions that occur from January – April. A different topic will be addressed each month.
Army Essentials: Children who cannot participate in the four-part Join the Continental Army series can participate in Army Essentials where they learn the basic drills and commands of the Continental Army. Army Essentials is open to children of all ages.
For additional program questions contact Bill Troppman, 610-783-1075.
Note: A special Join the Continental Army program will take place on President’s Day Monday during the park’s celebration of Washington’s Birthday. “Soldiers” will receive a formal inspection by the Commander-in-Chief, General Washington himself, in addition to taking part in a multitude of special birthday activities.
10th Annual Rev Run
Valley Forge Revolutionary 5 Mile Run
|Sunday, April 19 7:30 am – noon (race start 8:30 am) Reg. Fee Required||Rain or Shine|
The Rev Run is more than just a sporting event; it’s an opportunity to support the national icon of Valley Forge National Historical Park. This historic site is truly worthy of the preservation efforts we undertake to ensure it remains a vibrant destination for generations to come.
by this run over the past 9 years.
THREE GREAT WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
- Register as a Race Participant: Take the challenge of running a 5-mile USATF certified course through the Park or a 3 mile walk to and from the National Memorial Arch. Children, ages 6-14, race 1.776 kilometers during the Young Patriots Fun Run coordinated by the Young Friends of the Park. visit www.RevolutionaryRun.org.
- Volunteer: Make a revolutionary difference as a race volunteer. A variety of positions available for all ages and ability.
- Become a Race Sponsor: For as little as $250, your firm can join the anniversary celebration and enjoy a range of race-day perks and publicity plus other year-round benefits provided in cooperation with The Friends of Valley Forge Park and other race partners. Your sponsorship is a great way to get involved, give back and support Valley Forge National Historical Park. Click here to download sponsor information or call 610-783-1777.
Valley Forge Legacy: The Muster Roll Project
The Valley Forge Muster Roll is dedicated to the memory of those who were at the Valley Forge encampment from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. The Continental Army used monthly muster rolls to track the army’s strength. Each roll contains names, ranks, dates of enlistment, and other notes on soldiers’ assignments, activities, or conditions. In addition, the names officers, camp followers, civilians and others present at the Valley Forge encampment are included. You may be surprised at the wide array of people who were at Valley Forge.