Valley Forge National Historical Park in King of Prussia was the site of the 1777 – 1778 winter encampment of the Revolutionary Army. The British had just won the Battle of Brandywine and captured Philadelphia and so it was a low point in the army’s fortunes. Nevertheless after retrenchment and training, the Continental Army was revived and Valley Forge could be considered a turning point in the Revolution.
The site covers 3500 acres and as well as items of historical significance it also offers a network of hiking and biking trails. Visitors should start at the Visitor Centre where presentations and a museum explain the park background. Other structures to be seen are Washington’s headquarters and reconstructed log cabins such as the soldiers would have occupied. Leading from the Visitor Centre is an avenue lined with memorial stones to each of the brigades camped there. At the end is the National Memorial Arch inscribed with Washington’s tribute to the army.
Bus tours of the site are available or guides can accompany visitors in their own car. Admission is free. the park is open daily from 7am to sunset, and the Visitor Centre daily from 9am to 5pm (closed public holidays)