Valley Forge

Valley Forge

Valley Forge, on the Schuylkill River, SE Pa., NW of Philadelphia. There, during the American Revolution, the main camp of the Continental Army was established (Dec., 1777-June, 1778) under the command of Gen. George Washington. The winter was severe, food and clothing was inadequate, and illness and suffering pervaded the camp. The number of ragged and half-starved troops dwindled through desertion; the remaining men, about 11,000, talked of mutiny but were held together by their loyalty to Washington and to the patriotic cause. Two distinguished foreigners, French General Lafayette and Prussian General Steuben, shared the misery of the troops; Steuben drilled and organized the men, transforming the loose-jointed army into an integrated force. The site is included in Valley Forge National Historical Park (see National Parks and Monuments, table).
The Village of Valley Forge is an unincorporated settlement located on the west side of Valley Forge National Historical Park at the confluence of Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River. The remaining village is in Schuylkill Township of Chester County, Pennsylvania, but once spanned Valley Creek into Montgomery County.

There is 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 known by travelers in the Philadelphia area as the westbound control city on Interstate 76 (the Schuylkill Expressway), as it is where I-76 joins the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

American Revolutionary War encampment

Valley Forge is best known for lending its name to the encampment of George Washington's Continental Army during the winter of 17771778.

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