|Park grounds open daily, year round; open sun-up to sun-down, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Welcome Center and Washington's Headquarters open 9 am to 5 pm daily except closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The park encompasses over 3000 acres that include, picnic areas, monuments, furnished historic buildings and several museums. |
A $3.00 per adult entrance fee is charged to enter Washington's Headquarters from April 1 - November 30. All other park facilites at Valley Forge are available at no charge.
Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the collective sacrifices and dedication of the Revolutionary War generation, it pays homage to the ability of everyday Americans to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.
Of all the places associated with the American War for Independence, perhaps none has come to symbolize perseverance and sacrifice more than Valley Forge. The hardships of the encampment claimed the lives of one in ten, nearly all from disease. Despite the privations suffered by the army at Valley Forge, Washington and his generals built a unified professional military organization that ultimately enabled the Continental Army to triumph over the British.
Perhaps one of Washington’s soldiers said it best when he described his reasons for not abandoning the field despite the harsh conditions: "We had engaged in the defense of our wounded country and . . . we were determined to persevere." Private Joseph Plumb Martin, 8th Connecticut regiment, December 1777.
A map outlining the park is available from the National Park Service here.