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Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Varnumís Quarters

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
1. Varnumís Quarters Marker
Inscription.  
When he moved in, General James Varnum used one room as both living quarters and brigade headquarters, and even held general courts martial. The owners, David and Elizabeth Stephens and their family, were allowed to remain in the rest of the house. A large portion of their farmland was used for the Grand Parade.

When Varnumís hut was completed, he joined his Rhode Island and Connecticut brigades hutted on both sides of the road near Stephensí home.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 40° 6.203′ N, 75° 26.737′ W. Marker is in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Valley Forge Park Road (Pennsylvania Route 23), on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the tour road in Valley Forge National Historical Park, near stop 9. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Grand Parade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben
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By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
2. Marker in Valley Forge
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(about 300 feet away); Training for Victory (about 300 feet away); Varnumís Brigade (about 600 feet away); 1st and 2nd Rhode Island Regiments (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huntingtonís Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Crowded and Very Sickly” (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Huntingtonís Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Merion Township.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of General Varnum and his officers in the Stephens house. The upper right of the marker contains a portrait of Brigadier General James Varnum, and below this is a layout of Varnumís Quarters on the second floor of Stephensí house.
 
Also see . . .  Varnumís Quarters. National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Stephensí House and Varnumís Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
3. Stephensí House and Varnumís Quarters Marker
Stephensí House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
4. Stephensí House
This house served as the headquarters for Brigadier General James Varnum during the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army.
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By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
5. Varnumís Soldier Huts
The Rhode Island and Connecticut brigades under Gen. Varnum stayed in huts in this area, located just east of the marker. Varnum moved to a hut in this area after vacating the Stephens house.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 740 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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