Now that ticket sales have begun for Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution, the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board has a message for eager history buffs: As you await the April 19 opening date, come to Montgomery County, 18 miles west of the museum, and experience the actual locations for yourself.
“We are the site of Valley Forge National Historical Park and other sites significant to the story of our quest for liberty,” said Mike Bowman, VFTCB President and CEO.
“The Museum of the American Revolution is stunning, and has already established a good relationship with us. Its mission to engagingly and vibrantly encapsulate the war years of 1775–1783 align seamlessly with our organization and its promotion of historically significant locations throughout the county.”
“Before and after the official ribbon-cutting of the Museum of the American Revolution, fans should definitely plan a day or two here.”
The VFTCB highlights four locations of particular interest to visitors of the Museum of the American Revolution:
- Valley Forge National Historical Park, site of the 1777-1778 winter encampment of the Continental Army
- Peter Wentz Farmstead, one of Washington’s headquarters; its grounds housed 12,000 men in October 1777
- Pennypacker Mills, another Washington HQ that served as a strategic field hospital after the Battle of Germantown
- Pottsgrove Manor, home of the Potts family whose ironworks were the original “the forge in the valley” that gave Valley Forge its name