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POSTPONED - Guided Hike - Valley Forge Park

  • 06/15/2024
  • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Washington's Headquarters' parking lot Valley Forge Park
  • 15


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DATE: TBD, watch website for updates


Looking for a more adventurous Father's Day Weekend with the father- or
grandfather-figure in your life? Join SWEP GP as we experience
Valley Forge National Historical Park (VFNP).

VFNP tour guides will lead us off the beaten path to explore stories and sites not included in other tours. In addition, environmental/sustainability topics will be discussed.


Meet the group and the tour guide at the Washington's Headquarters' Parking Lot to check-in, complete paperwork, and start the tour promptly at 10:00.

VFNP Map: VF Map.pdf

The Park's orientation film is available to watch here prior to your visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXIIvjCd-Pk&t=23s

Hiking Tour (3-hour)

Our guide will join us on a 5-mile hike of VFNP’s Joseph Plumb Martin trail, providing interpretation at each tour stop including:

Muhlenberg’s Brigade (20-30 minutes): The site where several regiments from predominantly Virginia stayed during the Valley Forge Encampment. Explore several reconstructed soldiers’ huts built to Washington’s specifications and learn about what life was like for members of the Army on the ground level. If time allows, groups may also explore the reconstructed redoubt to visualize the kind of fortifications the Army built during the Encampment. Please note, the area is grassy and walkways are gravel if visitors have limited mobility. The drop-off point to the huts is approximately 40 feet.

National Memorial Arch  (10 minutes): Dedicated 1917, the National Memorial Arch was commissioned by Congress and commemorates the hard-won victories off the battlefield during the American Revolution. The Arch symbolizes the importance of overcoming obstacles like disease, supply crises, political discord, public division and the individual struggles everyone touched by war faces, not just during the Valley Forge Encampment but every day for 8 years, in garnering American independence.

Grand Parade Ground (20 minutes):  The site of where Baron Friedrich von Steuben began retraining Washington’s troops and formed the foundation of the United States’ Army.

Early Registration (through May 31st): $15 for members; $20 for non-members

Registration (June 1st - 14th): $25 members; $30 non-members

Photo Credit: Don Pearse Photographers, Inc., http://donpearsephotographers.com/

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