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The Muster Roll

Upcoming Events

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
Join the Continental Army!

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 or 610-783-1072.

The 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment Living History Day

Sunday, February 14 9:30 am – 4 pm Muhlenberg Brigade Huts
living history day

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
Celebrating Washington’s Birthday

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

Guided Bird Walks in Valley Forge Return

2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each Month 1.5 mile walk, approx. 2 hrs
Meet in Artillery Park parking lot on East Inner Line Drive Bring water if desired

Join Mary Ellen and Tom Heisey, avid local birders, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month for a fascinating bird walk. See or hear different species in a variety of seasons and habitats such as meadow, edge and woods. Walk is intended for birders of all levels, beginners welcome and encouraged.

Guided birdwalks in Valley Forge NHP
Date Start Time
March 8 & 22 8 am
April 12 & 26 8 am
May 10 & 24 7:30 am
June 14 & 28 7:30 am
July 12 & 26 7:30 am
August 9 & 23 7:30 am
September 13 & 27 8 am
October 11 & 25 8 am

Walk: Mostly paved trail but includes short sections of gravel and grass. Good walking shoes recommended.

Where: Meet in the Artillery Park Parking lot on East Inner Line Drive. Near-by restrooms & water fountain available as of May.

When: Start times listed above. Please check website for updates. Walks will be canceled during electrical or ice storms.

What to Bring: Binoculars, hat, water. Bug spray and sun protection optional.

All ages and experiences welcome!

red-bellied woodpecker

Birding Highlights

March & April

Early season weather brings a good chance of seeing or hearing most of the park’s resident woodpeckers, the Red-Bellied, Hairy, Downy, Northern Flicker, Pileated, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

Bird species seen or heard in Valley Forge during 2014-2015 walks

11th Annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run ®

Sunday, April 17 7:30 – noon (race start 8:30 am) Registration fee required Rain or Shine
Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run

The Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run ® is a unique challenge for runners of all skill levels. Runners trek the five-mile, USATF certified course that traverses the scenic Valley Forge National Historical Park. Event also includes a 3 mile walk and a 1.776km Young Patriots Run for kids ages 6–14.

Visit for more information or to register. All proceeds from the event benefit the Valley Forge National Historical Park.

  1. Register as a Race Participant
  2. Volunteer and make a revolutionary difference
  3. Become a Race Sponsor: For as little as $250, your firm will 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 610-783-7688.