The state of Pennsylvania boasts its rich historic heritage and that's exactly what draws many travelers to the state today. At the Village of Valley Forge, you can see the place where the Continental Army weathered a tough winter and formed the fighting unit that would win the country's independence.
At Gettysburg, tour the grounds where perhaps the most important battle in the nation's history was waged. And in Scranton you will be able to see and understand the industrial capabilities that helped make the U.S. a world power. Just take your pick, Pennsylvania sites and attractions are plentiful.
Valley Forge, an unincorporated settlement located just outside of Valley Forge National Historic Park, is in Schuylkill Township of Chester County. There is also a partial re-creation of the historic village from the time of the revolution that is located next door, and just within the outskirts of the park. Valley Forge is the story of the six month encampment of the Continental Army of the newly formed United States of America under the command of General George Washington, a few miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Valley Forge area features many attractions: more than two dozen historical sites; fabulous shopping; more gardens than anywhere in North America; and exquisite museums. Just half an hour from Philadelphia and three hours from New York or Baltimore, it's a great base of operations for day trips, group tours, meetings and conventions.
Valley Forge National Historic Park is truly the centerpiece of the area's many attractions. The story of Valley Forge can really be understood only once you have met and recognized George Washington's extraordinary leadership abilities.
The picturesque, rolling hillsides of the Park are a peaceful reminder of freedom won by men's sacrifices long ago. It was here that General George Washington forged his Continental Army into a fighting force, during the winter encampment of 1777-78. Though no battle was fought here, a struggle against the elements and low morale was overcome on this sacred ground.
Valley Forge is the story of an army's epic struggle to survive against terrible odds, hunger and disease. Here, too, is a reminder of the nation's diversity. Washington's troops were the most racially integrated of any army the country at that time. Today, Washington's original stone headquarters has been restored and log huts have been reconstructed.
The statues and monuments throughout the park remind visitors of the national heritage. Among them are statues of General "Mad Anthony" Wayne and Baron Friedrich von Steuben and the Monument to Patriots of African Descent.
The Welcome Center features exhibits, artifacts, a gift shop and an 18-minute film. From here visitors can take a self-guided or scheduled tour on a scenic drive through the park, or explore the ten miles of horse trails, and six miles of multi-use trails that wend throughout the park's rolling hillsides.
You can be sure that your visit to Valley Forge will be a historically wonderful time!