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rebuilding destroyed hut

In 2006, a hut at Muhlenberg Brigade was burned in an act of arson. This terrible criminal action became the wonderful impetus for the Hut Brigade, volunteers that were primarily involved in replacing the huts’ shingled roofs. While the Park provided materials and supervision with funding by the Valley Forge Park Alliance, the Brigade provided the labor and rebuilt the hut from the ground up in just eight weekends!


hut brigade members

The Hut Brigade has continued maintenance of the huts such as rebuilding chimneys, building bunks and replacing doors. In more recent years, the Brigade has expanded services to assist the Park and improve the visitor experience by making lanterns, popular water yokes, gabions for Ft. Moore, stools and new benches at Muhlenberg Brigade.

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THREE GREAT WAYS TO SUPPORT THE HUT BRIGADE

VOLUNTEER

New recruits welcomed!

Familiarity with basic hand tools would be helpful but prior construction or building experience is not necessary.

Park rules require volunteers to be at least 16 years old.

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Not sure when you can assist? Join the Hut Brigade mailing list to stay informed of upcoming work dates, progress on current projects, and new work to come.

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History of the NOVA Hut Brigade

NOVA (Network Of Volunteer Associates) was a community service organization sponsored by Lockheed Martin. The Lockheed Martin facility in King of Prussia was originally the home of the General Electric Space Division. GE sponsored the ELFUN Society that performed numerous community service projects. Projects at Valley Forge National Historical Park started in the 1980s. Initially focused on landscaping such as planting trees and wildflowers, the work gradually expanded to include replacing shingled roofs on the wooden huts.

In 1993 GE was sold to Martin Marietta, which subsequently merged with Lockheed Aircraft Corp. to form the Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO). LMCO formed the NOVA organization to replace the GE ELFUN Society. While maintenance and other projects continued at the Park, the NOVA Hut Brigade surfaced and jumped into action after a hut at Muhlenberg Brigade was burned in 2006 in an act of arson. While the Park provided materials and supervision, the Hut Brigade provided the labor and rebuilt the hut from the ground up in just eight weekends!

The NOVA organization has been discontinued, but the Hut Brigade carries on under the auspices of the Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Valley Forge Park Alliance.

This group of skilled and dedicated volunteers meets year-round. The Brigade continues to provide maintenance to the huts including rebuilding chimneys, building bunks, and replacing doors. In more recent years, the Brigade has expanding services to assist the Park and improve the visitor experience by making lanterns, popular water yokes, gabions for Ft. Moore, stools and benches at Muhlenberg Brigade.

Projects undertaken by the Hut Brigade include restoration of the Blacksmith Hut adjacent to Artillery Park, completion of four new huts built at the Muhlenberg Brigade, restoration of two huts at Poor’s Brigade. In addition, the Hut Brigade conducts demonstrations and games for visitors on special occasions, like the Park’s July 4th celebration.

VOLUNTEERS WELCOMED: The Hut Brigade welcomes all interested parties. Familiarity with basic hand tools would be helpful but prior construction or building experience is not necessary. Park rules require volunteers to be at least 16 years old. If you are interested in learning more or willing to assist please contact info@vfparkalliance.org.