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

North of the River

Supporting the Winter Camp

 
 
North of the River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2014
1. North of the River Marker
Inscription.
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.

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(lower left) After nearly six month’s occupation, the army’s encampment became increasingly unhealthy as hot weather came on. On June 9, Washington ordered the army to move out of their huts to fresh campgrounds with “good air and good water.”
North of the River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2014
2. North of the River Marker
While most of the army camped in front of the old encampment. Sergeant Jeremiah Greenman from Rhode Island wrote that on June 10 “at the beat of the Genl. struck our tents. marcht about a mild over Schoolkills River & Piched our tents in a field in providance town Ship.” Archibald Robertson Maps, The New York Public Library.
(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.
 
Location. 40° 6.16′ N, 75° 27.532′ 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. Touch 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? (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 King of Prussia.
 
Also see . . .  Valley Forge National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on September 14, 2014.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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