Day Three – Valley Forge

This morning we checked out of our hotel in Bensalem, PA and drove out to Valley Forge. Our first stop was the visitor center. We found out about the Junior Ranger program while we were there as well as listened to a storyteller with the “Once Upon a Nation” program. We picked up brochure that contained a self-guided tour and got back in the van and made our way around the park. One of our stops was at the National Memorial Arch. We listened to another storyteller there and took lots of pictures.

Next we stopped at the headquarters that George Washington occupied while he was at Valley Forge. Last year we had read one of the Dear America books called The Winter of the Red Snow as a family. It was about the Valley Forge encampment. As we walked into the headquarters, I felt like I was walking into a familiar place because it was just like it described in the book. It was amazing because the volunteer that was in the house indicated that most of the house was original from when George Washington was there.

We listened to another storyteller there at Washington’s Headquarters as well as at Varnum’s quarters. That was one of the nicest things at the park. At several locations in the park there were storyteller stationed to tell stories about events that happened in and around Valley Forge. After we finished our tour, we drove to Harrisburg in preparation for our trip to Hershey Park tomorrow.

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