Valley Forge Looks Ahead to December March-In

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – The arrival of soldiers in the Continental Army and others 244 years ago at Valley Forge, marking the start of its six-month Revolutionary War winter encampment in 1777 and 1778, will be observed Dec. 18 and 19 (2021; Saturday and Sunday) at Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr.

What the park calls its “March-In” programming is held annually, but was limited to a virtual event in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. For the returning-live 2021 edition, park officials promise “a fun weekend of special activities.” Specifics are being still planned; the park’s Facebook page indicated they would be available soon.

Those who attend will benefit from its newly renovated Visitor’s Center, which is staffed by park rangers and others and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The building has recently been subject to a $12 million rehabilitation project that features improved physical access, upgraded security and fire protection, improved collections storage, and energy efficiency improvements.

Some park places and spaces are closed, however, primarily due to September damage caused by winds and flooding brought by Tropical Storm Ida. They include Washington’s headquarters, a portion of the Valley Creek Trail, Varnum’s Quarters, and the Valley Forge train station.

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