King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The National Arch at Valley Forge
“We, as Freemasons, believe our children and their children need to know that the men in 1777 cared about freedom. They need to know that Freemasons in 1996 still care about freedom.”
Edward O. Weisser, R.W. Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, March 15, 1996
A National Treasure
The National Memorial Arch was authorized by Congress in 1910 as a tribute to George Washington and his army who endured the winter encampment at Valley Forge in 1777 – 1778. It was designed by Paul Phillipe Cret, a prominent Philadelphia architect, and dedicated on June 19, 1917. Although it had stood for nearly 80 years as a symbol of the triumph achieved by Washington, by the mid 1990ís the Arch was in need of major structural repairs. It was
During 1996 – 1997, the Freemasons of Pennsylvania contributed more than one million five hundred thousand dollars necessary to preserve the Arch to its original grandeur.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 5.477′ N, 75° 26.326′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on S Outer Line Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the auto tour road in Valley Forge National Historical Park, on S Outer Line Drive, at stop three of the driving tour of Valley Forge. 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. Freemasons of Pennsylvania ( about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gloverís Brigade ( about 500 feet away); Massachusetts Monument ( about 500 feet away); Pennsylvania Columns ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Poorís Brigade ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Maine ( approx. 0.3 miles away); DeKalb's Division (Learned's Brigade) ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Valley Forge Hut ( approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in King of Prussia.
More about this marker. The marker
Also see . . . National Memorial Arch, Valley Forge National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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