“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Washington’s Headquarters

Washington’s Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2014
1. Washington’s Headquarters Marker
”We had engaged in the defense of our injured country and we were determined to persevere.”
Private Joseph Plumb Martin

Valley Forge: An American Symbol

Welcome to Washington’s Headquarters, site of General Washington's command post and living quarters during the winter encampment of 1777-78.

The War of American Independence was in the third year of an eight and one-half year struggle when the Continental Army established its winter camp across thousands of acres here. The six-month Valley Forge Encampment was a defining moment in American history not because a great battle was fought here, but because of the extreme hardship endured during that winter and the national resolve that emerged from the experience. These came to symbolize the American spirit and the fight for freedom and self-governance.

Commemorating Valley Forge

Inspired by the 1876 centennial celebration in Philadelphia, citizens resolved that on June 19, 1878 there would be parades, music, and orations to honor the day the Continental Army proudly marched out of Valley Forge. The Valley Forge Centennial Association committed the proceeds from the event toward purchase of Washington’s Headquarters and its preservation for all to see.

What you see here today looks
Why Valley Forge? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Why Valley Forge? Marker
very different from the 1777 scene. Long gone are the original industrial village and the wooden huts and the fortifications that defined the camp. Since late in the 19th century, the memory of Valley Forge has been kept alive through creation of a commemorative park setting and preservation of key structures.
Erected by Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Location. 40° 6.151′ N, 75° 27.513′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Valley Forge Park Road (Pennsylvania Route 23) 0.3 miles east of Gulph Road (Pennsylvania Route 3031), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. 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. Why Valley Forge? (here, next to this marker); North of the River (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Remembering Valley Forge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commander in Chief’s Guards (about 400 feet away); Headquarters Complex (about 600 feet away); Did You Know? (about 700 feet away); The Village of Valley Forge (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in King of Prussia.
Also see . . .
Washington’s Headquarters image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 6, 2009
3. Washington’s Headquarters
 Valley Forge National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on September 14, 2014.) 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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