Welcome to Valley Forge

Cannon at Valley Forge

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.

Though no battle was fought here from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778, a struggle against the elements and low morale was overcome on this sacred ground.

"Naked and starving as they are we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery." –General George Washington at Valley Forge, February 16, 1778.
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"Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it."
The Crisis by Thomas Paine

This website was launched on Washington's Birthday, February 22, 1996.

The History
Hungry, cold, ragged, and cramped in December 1777; Disciplined, self-confident, and dignified in June 1778. Read the story of the 6-month encampment at Valley Forge. Plus a timeline, weather reports, the French Connection, Franklin, spies, mysteries, and more!
Who Served Here
Who were the famous people who served at Valley Forge? Read about Benedict Arnold, Nathanael Greene, Alexander Hamilton, Lafayette, James Monroe, Baron Von Steuben, Martha Washington, "Mad" Anthony Wayne, and others. Plus special reports on the officers, regiments, and surgeons who served.
Who Served Here
George Washington
To understand Valley Forge, you must understand more about George Washington. Subjects include Washington in Prayer, "The Earnest Prayer," Order Against Profanity, Washington: The Soldier Through the French and Indian War, and Washington: Commander in Chief.
Kids' Page
Time out from studying
For Kids

Frequently Asked Questions
Scores of the most often asked information at Valley Forge.
Visiting Valley Forge
Where to stay, where to eat, what to see and do!
Visiting Valley Forge

Related Links on the Web
Links to other related sites of interest on the World Wide Web


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Prayer at Valley Forge
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