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.
March into Valley Forge
|Friday, December 19 6–8 pm Visitor Center||Free Event|
On December 19, 1777 General George Washington’s Continental Army “marched in” to Valley Forge to set up winter quarters. This annual event commemorates their arrival and determination to persevere against insurmountable hardship and difficult conditions during their 6-month encampment. Join us this December 19th and experience an evening in Valley Forge. Take a candle-lit guided walk to the Muhlenberg Brigade huts where you’ll encounter a living continental camp. Warm up in the Visitor Center with 18th century music, refreshments, and more!
This event is weather dependent. Please call 610-783-1099 for the most recent update as the event nears.
Schedule of Events • Visitor Center
18th Century Music
Meet General Washington
Sample American Heritage Chocolate
Art in the Park Exhibits
In addition to a unique collection of Revolutionary War artifacts, two additional art displays will be on exhibit:
- The March To Valley Forge by William T. Trego (1883), depicts the Continental Army as they marched in to Valley Forge on December 19, 1777.
- Explore the Valley Forge Gallery Cafe, a new rotating exhibit featuring photographs and sketches from participants of the park’s Landscapes and Structures Photography Program and the Changing Landscape Art Program for students.
Schedule of Events • Park Theater
Candle-lit Guided Tour Walks
Schedule of Events • Muhlenberg Brigade Hut Area
Tour the Huts
Warm Up Around the Campfire
Visit the Redoubt
Brandywine – Meet the Author & Book Signing
|Saturday, December 27 1 pm||The Encampment Store, located in the Visitor Center|
Brandywine is the first complete study to merge the strategic, political, and tactical history of this complex operation and important set-piece battle into a single compelling account. More than a decade in the making, Michael C. Harris’ sweeping prose relies almost exclusively upon original archival research and his personal knowledge of the terrain. Enhanced with original maps, illustrations, and modern photos, and told largely through the words of those who fought there, Brandywine will take its place as one of the most important military studies of the American Revolution ever written.
About the Author: Michael C. Harris is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and the American Military University. He has worked for the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Fort Mott State Park in New Jersey, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at Brandywine Battlefield. He has conducted tours and staff rides of many east coast battlefields. Michael is certified in secondary education and currently teaches in the Philadelphia region. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Michelle and son, Nathanael.
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.