Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
North of the River
Supporting the Winter Camp
The land just across the Schuylkill River played a vital role in the winter encampment. Provisions and armaments from throughout the region were brought there, and the army built a bridge for access across the river just downstream of this point. The commissary and a hospital were established there, and a farmers’ market was set up to sell goods and food to the soldiers. From that side of the river, the army could better monitor British movements to the north and east. When the camp on this side of the river became too foul General Washington ordered the army to move to the north side.
After the Revolution, the area ﬂourished with the introduction of new scientific farming methods. Crop rotation, liming of fields, manure application, and cultivation of soil-improving crops transformed the region from small farming to commercial agriculture. The Schuylkill Navigation Canal, the Reading Railroad below you, and the Pennsylvania Railroad on the north side brought a vital connection to markets in the burgeoning city of Philadelphia.
(lower left) After nearly six month’s occupation, the army’s
(upper right) This 19th century painting of the Pawling Farm was made at a point just east of here and shows what a successful enterprise it was. Fertile meadows stretched from the barn (still standing) and house (now a ruin) to the Schuylkill River.
Erected by Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
Location. 40° 6.16′ N, 75° 27.532′ W. Marker is in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Valley Forge Park Road (Pennsylvania Route 23) 0.3 miles east of Gulph Road (Pennsylvania 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. Why Valley Forge? (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington’s Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remembering Valley Forge (about 400 feet away); Commander in Chief’s Guards (about 400 feet away); Did You Know? (about 600 feet away); Headquarters Complex (about 700 feet away); War Comes to Valley Forge (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Merion Township.
Also see . . . Valley Forge National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on September 14, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 342 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 14, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 2. submitted on April 17, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on September 14, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.