Re-enactment Coming To Valley Forge National Historical Park

A glimpse into the past will be available to Valley Forge National Historical Park visitors next weekend during a re-enactment of the Continental Army's winter encampment there in 1777-78.

Valley Forge National Historical Park Offering To Lease Two Historic Buildings

It's no doubt a coincidence, but just days after the National Trust for Historic Preservation suggested the National Park Service lease out some of its historic structures as a way to preserve them, Valley Forge National Historical Park officials are trying to do just that.

Volunteers Sought To Clean Up Valley Forge National Historical Park On Public Lands Day

Volunteers are being sought to help clean up Valley Forge National Historical Park on Saturday, September 28, in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

Where Not To Park Your Car: In A National Park's River

It's not every day that vehicles find their way into rivers in the National Park System, but it happened twice in the span of six days in September, once apparently due to too much libation for the driver, and once due to inattentiveness.

Wintering At Valley Forge National Historical Park In the Footsteps Of the Continental Army

An upcoming mid-December event at Valley Forge National Historical Park has nothing to do with the holiday season, but plenty to do with the story of our nation: a reenactment of the desperate march by Washington's army to Valley Forge in 1777 in search of shelter and safety.

Legislation Could Force Bicycles Off Roads In Some National Parks

Serious road cyclists do not often dally about when they're out for a ride, instead preferring to dance on the pedals at speeds of 20 mph and more. While they can easily do that on many National Park System roads, legislation pending in Congress could force them onto paved paths now enjoyed by walkers, folks with strollers, those in wheelchairs, and others not zooming along.

Call To Action: Updating The Leopold Report For National Parks in the 21st Century

Nearly 50 years after it was completed, the Leopold Report on wildlife management in the national parks is perhaps overdue for revisions to take into account the realities of climate change, sprawl, and greater visitation to the parks.

Valley Forge National Historical Park Hosts "Lock, Stock & Barrel: The World of the Continental Soldier"

An upcoming weekend event at Valley Forge National Historical Park will have plenty to offer for professional historians and history buffs alike. Lock, Stock & Barrel: The World of the Continental Soldier promises a wealth of information about the men and women who made history at Valley Forge.

Valley Forge National Historical Park Officials Honored By NPCA

The superintendent and chief of planning and resource management for Valley Forge National Historical Park have been honored by the National Parks Conservation Association for their stewardship of the park.

Some Members of the Continental Army That Wintered At Valley Forge in 1777-78 Were "Fond of Strong Liquor"

Stories passed down about the harsh Continental Army encampment at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 often note the brutally cold, snowy weather and the under-equipped and hungry troops. Should we be surprised that some of the soldiers were "fond of strong liquor"?

Touring The Continental Army's Huts At Valley Forge National Historical Park

Among the highlights of a visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park is looking at, and into, the log cabins the Continental Army built to survive the winter encampment of 1777-78. In the following video from the park, you can gain some insights of the cabins that remain and how proud the soldiers were of what they built.

Judge Clears Way for Deer Culling At Valley Forge National Historical Park, Friends of Animals Plans Protest

Outfitted with night-vision goggles and armed with rifles equipped with silencers, marksmen any day now will begin culling deer from Valley Forge National Historical Park in an operation intended to keep the animals from overwhelming the park.

Sharpshooters To Begin Culling Deer in Valley Forge National Historical Park in November

Barring a court order, shots will again ring out across the landscape of Valley Forge National Historical Park beginning in November as the National Park Service embarks on an effort to cull the park's white-tailed deer population.

Land Swap Clears Way for American Revolution Museum Within Independence National Historical Park

Slightly more than a year after it was announced, National Park Service officials finalized a deal Friday to have the Museum of the American Revolution rise within the grounds of Independence National Historical Park, not within Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Prized Statue of George Washington Has a New Home at Valley Forge National Historical Park

Status of Washington being moved
There are plenty of statues of George Washington around the country, but if you showed up on the Antique Road Show with this one, it would cause quite a stir. Valley Forge National Historical Park is home to one of the finest statues of George Washington in existence, but if you're looking for this piece of sculpture, it now has a new home in the park.

Washington Dined Here - Volunteer Opportunity for Hands-on Archeology at Valley Forge National Historical Park

Archeologists at work.
If you've ever had a desire to get involved in some hands-on archeology, here's an opportunity in a prime location. Valley Forge National Historical Park is looking for volunteers this summer to help excavate an area at Washington's Headquarters that has "great potential" for important discoveries

Lawsuit Over Deer Culling At Valley Forge Highlights Troubles Of Squeezed National Parks

As urban sprawl squeezes in tighter and tighter around some national parks, it can turn some parks into wildlife sanctuaries that create their own problems. At Valley Forge National Historical Park, efforts to control a booming population of white-tailed deer have spurred a lawsuit from a group that believes a prey-predator relationship should be allowed to play out. But how realistic is that?

Movie Nights At Valley Forge National Historical Park Bring Revolutionary War Films Into View

Need to bone up on your Revolutionary War history? Plan a trip to Valley Forge National Historical Park, and catch a Revolutionary War-themed movie at the same time.

Too Many Deer Has Valley Forge National Historical Park Officials Turning To Sharpshooters

Too many white-tailed deer at Valley Forge National Historical Park has prompted park officials to turn to sharpshooters and birth control to tamp down and maintain a manageable population. However, since park officials have not yet found an acceptable reproductive control agent, sharpshooters will be relied upon the next four years to reduce herd numbers in the park.

Land Swap Moves American Revolution Center Out of Valley Forge National Historical Park

In a surprising move that resolves a long-simmering feud, the proponents of the American Revolution Center have worked out a deal with the National Park Service to build the complex in Philadelphia at Independence National Historical Park and not in the middle of Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge National Historical Park Reopens for Visits

Waqshinton's Headquarters.
George Washington may not have slept here, but he spent plenty of working hours in an 18th century building at Valley Forge National Historical Park now known as Washington's Headquarters. Following nearly seven months of restoration, the building is open again to the public.

New Shuttle Service Debuts at Valley Forge National Historical Park

Visitors to Valley Forge National Historical Park now have a new way to enjoy the area: the park is experimenting with a free shuttle around the park through the end of August.

Interior Secretary Salazar Urged to Protect Valley Forge National Historical Park

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees is urging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to intervene over development at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

The American Revolution: Official National Park Service Handbook -- Everything That an NPS Handbook Should Be

Kudos to the National Park Service and Eastern National. This new handbook on the American Revolution is a gem.

Historic Oath of Allegiance Comes Home to Valley Forge National Historical Park

Historic document - oath of allegiance
Military personnel, federal employees and elected officials take an oath of allegiance or oath of office, but during the American Revolution there was a lot at stake for those who promised "true allegiance to the United States of America"—in writing. One of those historic documents was recently donated to Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Re-enactment of General Washington's Arrival at Valley Forge Set for Dec. 19

If you've ever wondered about General George Washington's arrival, along with his troops, at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777, you might want to visit the park this coming Friday, December 19th. That's when a re-enactment of the troops' arrival will be staged at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Gen. Washington's Headquarters at Valley Forge National Historical Park Being Restored

If you're planning a trip to Valley Forge National Historical Park and have hopes of touring General George Washington's headquarters, you might want to delay your visit. The stone house is closed to the public while workers perform an array of repairs.

Lawsuit Filed Over Museum Complex Approved Near Valley Forge National Historical Park

A federal lawsuit has been filed in a bid to halt a museum complex from being built on land surrounded on three sides by Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Valley Forge Development Gains OK

A bid by the National Park Service, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, and the National Parks Conservation Association to halt development of a privately run museum and conference center at Valley Forge National Historical Park has been denied by zoning officials in Pennsylvania.

Development of Valley Forge National Historical Park Inholding Gets Green Light from Planners

Despite opposition from the National Park Service and park advocacy groups, a development proposed for land bounded on three sides by Valley Forge National Historic Park has been given the green light by community planners.