Valley Forge National Historic Park
Valley Forge National Historic Park information
After being defeated at the Battle of Brandywine Creek and the British occupation of Philadelphia in 1777, General Washington and 12,000 continental troops withdrew to Valley Forge. Today, Valley Forge symbolizes Washington's endurance and leadership. The Valley Forge National Historic Park contains 5½ sq miles of scenic beauty and open space 20 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia - a remembrance of where 2000 of George Washington's 12,000 troops perished from freezing temperatures, hunger and disease, while many others returned home. A 22-mile cycling path along the Schuylkill River connects Valley Forge to Philadelphia.