Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

George Washington’s Winter Headquarters At Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

On December 14th, 1777 George Washington and his troops started camping at Gulph Mills, a site that they would celebrate Thanksgiving on December 18th. On December 19th, 1777, General George Washington marched his troops from Gulph Mills to Valley Forge, which attained its name from the iron forge that had operated there, northwest of Philadelphia, Pennslyvania.

George Washington marching his troops through a snow stop on the way to Valley Forge, Pennslyvania.

George Washington first established his “war tent” at the “Site of the Marquee”. Nearby, soldiers remained posted at “Rebel Hill” to be on the lookout for the British army.

A foundry in New York created a replica of the George Washington statue, that stands within the Virginia House of Delegates building, to be placed at the site of George Washington’s headquarters at Valley Forge.

For a period of time, George Washington’s original “war tent” was placed on display at the Valley Forge National Park. On April 19th, 2017, after Vice President Joseph Biden gave a speech dedicated to the opening of the Musuem of the American Revolution in Philadelphia during the 242 year anniversity of the start of the American Revolution, the “war tent” was relocated to the musuem.

George Washington’s “War Tent” at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Virginia (December 9th, 2022).