Valley Forge NHP: Train Station


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Historic Valley Forge Train Station, near Washington’s HQ»

Valley Forge National Historical Park preserves the site of George Washington’s Continental Army’s winter encampment. From December 1777 to June 1778, the army camped, trained and suffered through a hard winter. The troops were decimated by disease, starvation and desertion due to the harsh living conditions.


After stopping at the visitor center and watching the introductory film, we got directions for the 10-mile Encampment Tour. This is a self-guided driving tour with nine stops. Stop number 5 is Washington’s Headquarters.


Right next to Washington’s Headquarters is the Valley Forge Train Station. The station was built in 1913 out of the same stone as the older Headquarters building. It shuttled visitors to the park from Philadelphia through the 1950s.


The station was restored in 2009 and now houses a museum about George Washington and the history of Valley Forge.


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Location: 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Designation: National Historical Park

Date designated or established: July 4, 1976

Date of my visit: 10/4/2019


14 thoughts on “Valley Forge NHP: Train Station

  1. I notice that the tracks adjacent to the old station seem to be in service. Maybe in the future rail service could be offered as an alternative for those desiring to use mass transit. It’s interesting to me that so many people in the early Twentieth Century wanted to see this historic site that a station was added.

    1. The park is spread out over a 10 mile loop, with sections of the loop going outside the park into residential area. They would need to add a shuttle to make train service effective

  2. It’s currently a freight line, but there are discussions of potentially extending an existing commuter line from Philadelphia along this line to Pheonixville, which is just west of the park. However, their are no plans to include a commuter stop at the park.

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