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King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Upper Forge Site

 
 
Upper Forge Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
1. Upper Forge Site Marker
Inscription. Between here and the creek stood the forge. A low stone dam diverted water to power the bellows and hammer. Mount Misery, rising behind you, provided wood for charcoal. During the encampment, a road to the forge cut through the gap on the hill in front of you. The present road did not exist.

Bar iron produced at the forge was marketed in Philadelphia. In addition, the forge blacksmith shoed horses, steeled plows, and generally supplied the needs of the local community.

At the time of the Revolution, there were two forges along Valley Creek. This is the Upper Forge site. The other stood downstream near Washington’s Headquarters. The area takes its name from the lower forge, built in the 1740s.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 5.576′ N, 75° 27.404′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Valley Creek Road (Pennsylvania Route 525), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located along the walking trail on the west side of Valley Creek. Marker is in this post office area: King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Marquee (approx. 0.4 miles away); New Jersey Brigade
Valley Forge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
2. Valley Forge Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); To Build a Redoubt (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sullivan’s Division (approx. 0.4 miles away); Artillery Park (approx. half a mile away); The Camp’s Road System (approx. half a mile away); Knox’s Quarters (approx. half a mile away); Schoolhouse (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in King of Prussia.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains an illustration of the upper forge. A map of the area, indicating the locations of Washington’s Headquarters and the Lower and Upper Forge sites is at the lower left of the marker. A picture of a man working in the forge appears on the marker’s right. It has a caption of “By removing the impurities, this finery forge converted raw pig iron to wrought iron – malleable and tough enough to shape into barrel hoops and tools.

The drawing is conjectural, based on the 1929 site excavation and other archeological and documentary evidence.”
 
Also see . . .  Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Marker along Valley Creek image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
3. Marker along Valley Creek
National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Upper Forge Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
4. Upper Forge Site Marker
Marker on the Valley Forge Park Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
5. Marker on the Valley Forge Park Trail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 591 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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