Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge Events Highlight the American Revolution

November 13, 2009, 8:23 am
Valley Forge has an exciting lineup of events in store for November. From free Friday night movies to special talks and trolley tours of the park, there’s fun to be had for the whole family! Check out some of the highlights below:

Secret Side of the American Revolution Lecture
As part of the Friends Lecture Series at the Washington Memorial Chapel, Dr. David Robarge will present “Secret Revolution: How the Patriots Used Intelligence to Help Win the War for Independence.” Intelligence work is as American as apple pie and as old as the Republic. Civilian and military leaders of the American Revolution used espionage, covert action, counterintelligence, deception, and cryptanalysis to offset the British army’s advantage in men and arms and help win the fight for independence.  They used techniques that were remarkably sophisticated by today’s standards.  Come listen to learn about Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold and the more secret side of the Revolution.

Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Bishop Library at the Washington Memorial Chapel on Route 23 in Valley Forge National Historical Park
Cost: FREE; refreshments follow each lecture
More information: Visit the Friends of Valley Forge Park page

Free Friday Night Movies

Catch a free flick about American Revolution each Friday in November.  The family-friendly movies are presented by the Encampment Store.

November 13: Liberty's Kids - four episodes: "Lafayette Arrives," "The Hessians Are Coming," "Valley Forge," "Allies at Last," (G) James and Sarah, two teens with opposite views of the Revolution, are witnesses to the most important events of the war. Join them in 1777 as 1778 as they meet the Marquis de Lafayette, watch the Continental army train at Valley Forge and learn of a new alliance that will change the course of the war.

November 20: 1776 The Musical (PG - for language) Adapted from the hit Broadway Musical—see our founding fathers as never before—raucously debating the issue of independence, bashing each other’s egos and then breaking out into musical numbers.

November 27: The Crossing (Not Rated—movie contains some language and instances of violence equivalent to PG or PG-13) The daring Christmas Day crossing of the frozen Delaware and the attack on Trenton saved the cause of American independence. Jeff Daniels stars as General George Washington in a movie about our nation’s darkest hour and greatest triumph.

Date: Fridays in November
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Encampment Store at the Welcome Center in Valley Forge National Historical Park
Cost: FREE; snacks will be available for purchase
More information: visit the park's event page.

Trolley Tours
Hop on the Encampment Store’s old-fashioned trolley and experience a new perspective of the story of Valley Forge as guides bring history to life right where it happened.  The tours are given on weekends in November and last 90 minutes.

Date: Weekends in November
Time: 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Location: Visitor Center at Valley Forge National Historical Park
Cost: Adults $16; Active Military and Seniors ages 62 and older $12; Children ages 10 and younger $8. Tickets can be purchased at the Encampment Sore or of over the phone. For reservations, please call (610) 783-1074.
More Information: For more information and for reservations, please call (610) 783-1074

For more Valley Forge events, visit the park's event page.