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.
Student Transportation Funds for Teachers
The Friends of Valley Forge Park has established a fund to provide free transportation for qualifying school groups to visit the Valley Forge National Historical Park (VFNHP). The goal is to make it easier for teachers and students to access the exhibits and many educational resources offered by the VFNHP. Funds to reimburse the costs of transportation are currently available, on a first-come, first-served basis, to Schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey Regions (schools should be within a 45 mile radius of VFNHP). read more
Friends Speaker Series
|Tuesday, February 2 7 pm||Washington Memorial Chapel|
About the Speaker
Join the Continental Army!
|First Saturdays, January – April 11 am||Registration in Visitor Center: 10:45 am|
|Upcoming Session: Saturday, February 6||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. Using wooden (dummy) muskets, participants learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill. For additional program questions contact Andy Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-783-1072.
The 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment Living History Day
|Sunday, February 14 9:30 am – 4 pm||Muhlenberg Brigade Huts|
9:30 am – 4 pm • About 35 reenactors will be at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts.
10:30 am • Muster and Roll as Black Powder Specialist Ranger Troppman performs a weapons inspection of the regiment.
11 am, 1 pm, & 3 pm • The Second Pennsylvania Regiment presents talks on a soldier's life at Valley Forge with musket and cannon firing demonstrations. There will also be cooking demonstrations throughout the day. (Weapons firing is weather dependent.)
Celebrate Washington’s Birthday
|Monday, February 15 10 am – 2 pm||VFNHP Visitor Center|
Join us in celebrating his Excellency’s 284th birthday this Presidents’ Day. Cupcakes and samples of Martha Washington’s “Great Cake” recipe will be baked and served by the students at The Culinary Institute of Montgomery County Community College.
Crafts & Games in the Meeting Room (formerly the Education Center) and Theater • 10 am – noon
Make a tricorn hat, create a birthday card for General Washington and meet the General. 18th century games and colonial style weaving held in the park theater.
Birthday Activities in the Visitor Center • 10 am - 2 pm
Try on 18th century clothing and meet the General and Mrs. Washington.
Sing Happy Birthday to the General in the Visitor Center • noon
Help Martha sing Happy Birthday to George Washington as he cuts his cake. Cupcakes and samples of Martha Washington’s birthday cake recipe will be served.
Join the Continental Army • 12:30 pm
Children will fall in to drill formation and be taught how to march and drill like a Continental Soldier on the new mini grand parade, just outside of the upper Visitor Center doors. Troops will receive a special instruction from General Washington! See your enlistment papers for which color drill team you're on.
Don’t forget to visit Washington’s Headquarters • open 9 am – 5 pm
|Saturday October 17* 9 am – 1 pm||Comfortable clothing & sturdy footwear recommended|
|* subject to rescheduling based on weather|
Thanks to the great work of NOVA (Network Of Volunteer Associates), sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the Hut Brigade has been busy assisting NPS staff with daubing and doing whatever necessary to bring the new huts to completion so that visitors can enjoy. Join the fun and make a great contribution to this important work. No prior construction or building experience is necessary however you must be at least 16 years old to participate. For more information, email email@example.com.
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.