Historic Philadelphia Brings History to Life at Valley Forge NHP

Philadelphia is home to some of the most important locations in the history of early America. The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House are all national symbols of the colonies forging their early independence. However, Historic Philadelphia helps bring these centuries old monuments to life with living history.

There are a total of 13 “Once Upon A Nation” Storytelling Benches in Historic Philadelphia. Each bench is labeled with a sign and can be done in any order you choose. Regardless of where you start, be sure to ask your storyteller for a flag.

After each story, kids can collect one star from each bench they visit. Flags complete with all 13 stars may be presented for a coupon book and fun prizes at the Historic Philadelphia Center (6th & Chestnut streets) or at Franklin Square (6th and Race Streets.)

In Valley Forge National Historic Park, there are a variety of programs to enhance the visitor’s historical understanding of the location. New for the summer of 2011 is the Call to Arms: 1778! program. This free activity allows visitors to be “recruited” into the Continental Army to fight for freedom. Get training and set off on a mission! The program is at noon on Saturdays and Sundays from June 11 – September 4. Visitors can meet a member of General George Washington’s troops from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.

Valley Forge National Historic Park is located 20 minutes away from Historic Philadelphia and offers a variety of programs focusing on the historic battles that led to the formation of the United States. Valley Forge is associated with the most prominent figures in American History: George Washington. The famed winter encampment site for the Continental Army and what many consider the turning point of the American Revolution has a lot to offer for those visiting.

Visit Historic Philadelphia’s website for additional information about times and programs.

Photo: Valley Forge After Hours Historic Philadelephia, Inc. Adventure Tour at Valley Forge. Photo by M. Kennedy for HPI