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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Valley Forge posts:

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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

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