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The Muster Roll

Friends Accomplishments

memorial arch

In the 1870s, a concerned group of citizens convened to preserve and protect Valley Forge. Because of their foresight and work, Valley Forge continues to inspire and interpret the values of freedom and commemorate the men and women who died on the site during America’s War for Independence. The Friends remain committed to continuing this important tradition as partners and volunteers in the shared citizen stewardship of Valley Forge National Historical Park.

We invite you to join us to ensure the Park as a beautiful place of inspiration, refuge, commemoration and pleasure for generations to come.

What Do Friends Do?


revolutionary run

Donated over $50,000 for park-wide trail work facilitating a congressional matching grant through the NPS Centennial Challenge Program.

Sponsor of the Valley Forge Convention and Visitor Bureau’s 5-Mile Revolutionary Run, held annually in the Park, generating over $200,000 for Park-wide projects over the past ten years.

new trail map

Provided over $10,000 to print VFNHP Maps for visitors to navigate, explore, and enjoy the Park.

Provided $50,000 for the multimedia production and exhibits at the Valley Forge Train Station located adjacent to Washington’s Headquarters.

Sponsor Valley Forge National Historical Park Cell Phone Tour allowing visitors to discover the Park’s many stories 24/7 from the convenience of their cell phone.

Provided leadership and funding to maintain free access to the new Muster Roll website allowing online visitors to learn about and search for ancestors at the Valley Forge Encampment.


Secured $15,000 in corporate funding to underwrite park-wide summer programming and participate in Wreaths Across America.

new open-air pavilion

Generated $62,000 from corporate and private sources for Save America’s Treasures Match Grant to restore and conserve 18th Century documents and manuscripts from the American Revolution.

Completed a $60,000 capital campaign to build a much needed open-air pavilion in the Park to accommodate visitors and provide outdoor classroom space.


Speaker Series

Presented Friends Speaker Series, now in its sixth year, featuring a wide range of speakers and topics related to the American Revolution, history, the natural world, and the ongoing commemoration of Valley Forge.

Presented summer Lunch and Learn series for visitors at the Park.

Initiated Muhlenberg Days to bring the replicated huts at the Brigade to life through re-enactors, cooking, weaving, and interactive activities.


Visitor Center improvements

Facilitated improvements to the entrance of the Visitor Center in cooperation with the Valley Forge Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and The Encampment Store.

Launched new alliance of Business Partners generating support from local and regional businesses.

Installed new Donor Wall to recognize the support of funders, business partners, and individual supporters in the Visitor Center.


trail clean-up and young friends

Provided over 6,000 hours of volunteer time annually to support trail work, provide visitor programs and assist with maintenance resource management projects.

Developed Young Friends, a new group of volunteers aged 21 to 40, who implement park-wide work projects, organize social activities and provide leadership for the 1-mile Youth Fun Run that has engaged over 1,000 youth in the past ten years.

Provided ongoing volunteer hours to research and authenticate new inquiries to the Muster Roll plus update and maintain the website, which has received over 300,000 visits since 2011.

Coordinated efforts with the Lockheed Martin Network of Volunteer Associates (NOVA), to build additional huts plus restore and repair the existing huts from the damage of time weather, and insects.

Hut Brigade