Valley Forge, Valley Forge, PA
Let's take our second annual trip to Valley Forge National Historical Park (22 miles northwest of Downtown Philadelphia), site of a key moment of the American Revolution. While it would be easier to visit in the summer, we should go during the winter, to get a better feel for what the soldiers experienced.
Let's meet in the visitor center at 9:00 am sharp. They have an orientation film and museum exhibits.
At 10:00 am there will be an opportunity to drive through the park, in your own vehicle, or car pooling with other Meetup members, "caravan style," with stops throughout the park - both indoors and outdoors.
After Valley Forge we'll have lunch at a TBD location close by.
More details as we get closer to the event date.
Photos from last year's trip to Valley Forge - our very first Meetup event.
Valley Forge National Historical Park Web Site:
Valley Forge was the military camp in southeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 20 miles (30 km) northwest of Philadelphia, where the American Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–1778 during the American Revolutionary War.Starvation, disease, malnutrition, and exposure killed over 2,500 American soldiers by the end of February 1778.
With winter almost setting in, and with the prospects for campaigning greatly diminishing, General George Washington sought quarters for his men. Washington and his troops had fought what was to be the last major engagement of 1777 at the Battle of White Marsh (or Edge Hill) in early December. He devised to pull his troops from their present encampment in the White Marsh area (now Fort Washington State Park) and move to a more secure location for the coming winter.