A Visit To Valley Forge
Living on the east coast, we are surrounded by places that played an important role in the history of the U.S. My husband and I were looking for places to visit that would be day trips and we came upon Valley Forge National Park in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. It is where General George Washington and his troops camped for the winter. The park is less than 90 minutes away, which was surprising because both of us swear that when we were in school we were taught that Valley Forge was in New York. Hmm…were our history books wrong? Probably.
Anyway, we decided to drive up on a Saturday. The weather was nice as was the drive. We stopped at a Welcome Center in Pennsylvania and let me tell you if you are looking for a restroom, Pennsylvania is the place to stop. I have never seen such clean restrooms. They were absolutely spotless. (A close second would have to be the rest areas in South Dakota.) It is clear that Pennsylvania keeps everything clean because Valley Forge National Park was neat and tidy as well. The park has rather wide walking and biking trails and is also pet friendly. I have never seen so many dogs in a national park before. The museum has a large display of items from the Revolutionary War that were used by the troops in the area. One of the more interesting displays was of medical tools that would have been used at the time.
The park has a self-guided driving tour that you can take using your cell phone to guide you. Dial the number and it will tell you about the landmark that you are stopped at. Depending on how much exploring you do, the tour can take 2-4 hours. The only real draw back to the visit was that so many of the joggers and bike riders didn’t use the path that was for them. Instead they ran or road their bikes on the road, which was narrower than the trail for them. This meant that the road was rather clogged and because there is always someone behind you that is in a hurry, we ended up missing a few stops because we couldn’t pull off and had to keep going. It is close enough that we can always stop back the next time we are in the area.
The Pennsylvania Columns are mainly decorative and have no real meaning. The National Memorial Arch is in memory of all who camped out during a very harsh winter where they did not have enough food and many were without the proper clothes or shoes. The photos were taken by us on the trip through the park.