This 10.1-mile auto tour introduces the terrain and conditions of the Continental Army’s winter encampment at Valley Forge, the hardships endured, and the triumph of character that eventually won out. This drive through the 3,600-acre national historic park takes you past historical structures and sites and contemporary monuments to relate the six-month tale of the Continental Army’s winter encampment at Valley Forge, 1777–1778. On December 19, 1777, some 12,000 bedraggled, dispirited, half-naked troops arrived at Valley Forge and set about building primitive huts to stave off the bite of winter.
Special attractions: Washington’s Headquarters; General Varnum’s Quarters; the reconstructed encampment huts; National Memorial Arch; statues and reenactments; Washington Memorial Chapel; museum collections; hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and picnicking (in designated areas only). This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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