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 About VFPA

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About Our Park 

 

A nurse in the civil war, Anna Morris Holstein, is the unlikely hero of our park; the funds she raised along with the Valley Forge Centennial Memorial Association in 1877 makes her largely responsible for our ability to enjoy it today.

General Washington chose the Forge in the valley for the encampment of the American Continental Army over the winter of 1777-78 during the Revolutionary War. Our park commemorates more than the sacrifices of that generation; where a rigorous, systematic training regime transformed amateur troops into a confident military organization capable of defeating the British Red Coats. Valley Forge, a turning point in the war for independence, honors and represents the courage and perseverance of our citizens and leaders, who pulled together to overcome adversity during an extraordinary time.


Today, Valley Forge National Historical Park welcomes over 2.4 million visitors per year and boasts 30 miles of outdoor trails for walking, running, hiking, biking and horseback riding. Its substantial native biodiversity includes a river and numerous streams, forested wetlands, an eastern deciduous forest, and tall‐grass meadows.

Along with offering a wide variety of educational programs, The Visitor Center includes exhibits and collections that tell the story of the Continental Army and the hardships faced during the encampment. The Encampment Store (located within) features a wide variety of books, unique gifts, and much more. Snacks, beverages, and bicycle rentals are also available. The store provides hiking, biking, trolley, and private tours by bus or car throughout the year, and plays a vital role in raising funds and organizing events at Valley Forge.

We rely considerably on Park Partnerships that assist with programming, promotions, visitor services and fundraising. Get involved here.

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About The Alliance

 
 

WHAT DOES THE VFPA DO?

Our organization works tirelessly to facilitate programs for park funding, education, volunteer programs, and partnerships to preserve Valley Forge. We are committed to ensuring our park is a beautiful gathering place of inspiration, refuge, and commemoration for generations to come.

2018 alliance Highlights

  • Bird Walks in Valley Forge Local birders and Alliance members Tom and Mary Ellen Heisey hosted 16 fascinating bird walks allowing participants to experience nature and enjoy close-up views of different species in a variety of seasons and habitats.

  • Trail Tuesdays Weekly Walks in the Park Participants enjoyed 52 weekly walks in the Park with guest speakers discussing topics on health, fitness dog training and more.

  • Speaker Series Events and Dinner with History In partnership with Washington Memorial Chapel, Malvern Bank, and the Sherrin H. and Bruce A. Baky Foundation, we hosted 8 Speaker Series sessions which featured a diverse group of authors and historians who shared their insights and expertise on Valley Forge and the American Revolution.

  • Washington Memorial Chapel Summer Carillon Series Fantastic evening at Washington Memorial Chapel with carillonneur, Doug Gefvert, guided tours of the bell tower, and hors d'oeuvres provided by Black Powder Tavern.

  • The General's Hounds An evening of hotdogs, hounds, presidential ale and a stroll through the Washington Memorial Chapel grounds with General George Washington who is considered the father of the American Foxhound. Proceeds benefited Main Line Animal Rescue, Washington's Chapel and the Alliance.

  • Bus Tour to the Museum of The American Revolution Members and friends enjoyed a guided tour of Philadelphia's newest museum dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution, followed by lunch at the historic City Tavern where VFNHP Superintendent, Steve Sims provided insights on Park happenings and upcoming renovations to the Visitor Center.

  • Redcoats Preview Private screening of Redcoats, awarded the Best Local Short Film at the 2018 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Author Dr. Nancy K. Loane provided the backdrop for this dramatic short film, hosted at a spectacular venue in Chester County.

  • Tour of Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden A breathtaking two-hour tour of this magnificent 42- acre estate located in Villanova followed by lunch at Savona, Aaron Burr's headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

  • Member & Donor Celebration An evening of fellowship among members and donors recognizing 80 individuals as Founding Members. Also, presentation of the General Steuben Award to REI based on partnerships with Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Alliance, volunteerism, event sponsorship and funding grants to support trail networks and environmental needs of the Park.

  • Valley Forge Muster Roll Assisted hundreds of online visitors to discover if their history leads to Valley Forge and awarded Official Certificates of Service to 97 individuals, plus added 35 new additions to the Valley Forge Muster Roll.

  • Valley Forge Park Alliance Online Retail Store Launched 1st online retail store featuring a variety of VFPA branded products, plus sport activity shirts for walkers, runners, bikers, and more; plus coordinated offsite merchandise sales at REI retail store in King of Prussia.

2018 alliance Achievements

  • Community Engagement Hosted a record breaking number of sold-out events, programs and trips. Led 52 Trail Tuesdays and Prescribe-a-Trail walks in the Park. Partnered with the Valley Forge TCB to raise $55,500 for the Park through the 13th Annual Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run, which engaged 1,481 participants.

  • Visitor Enhancements Provided primary assistance to the Park to complete the new meadow trail and overlook surrounding the statue of Major General Steuben offering a new shelter and seating for visitors to view the Grand Parade and immerse themselves in the history of this important landscape.

  • Education Presented the 10th Annual Speaker Series held in partnership with Washington Memorial Chapel.
    Led 16 guided bird walks from March through October that welcomed novice and experienced birders to enjoy and learn more about the changing environmental landscape of VFNHP.

  • Advocacy Completed feasibility study for the North Gulph Road Connector Trail enabling thousands of residents and employees to safely walk or bike to the Park and connecting the Chester Valley Trail to the Schuylkill River Trail.

2018 park partner Achievements

  • Volunteer Luncheon Annual appreciation event to honor and thank all of the volunteers that support Valley Forge National Historical Park.

  • March-In of the Continental Army The army arrives! Commemoratio n of the 241st anniversary of the arrival of Washington's Army at Valley Forge. Evening included re- enactors, candle-lit tours, 18th century music and an appearance by George Washington himself.

  • Major General Steuben Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Dedication of the Grand Parade Trail Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence, and staff from the Valley Forge National Historical Park, REI, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board and the Alliance joined to celebrate the completion of major components of this visionary project including a new meadow overlook surrounding the statue of Major General Steuben.

  • Washington's Birthday Celebration Hundreds of visitors attended this annual celebration and enjoyed crafts, games and cake-cutting ceremony with General George and Martha Washington which was presented in partnership with The Encampment Store, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Alliance.

  • 13th Annual Revolutionary 5-Mile Run in the Park Nearly 1500 individuals participated in the 2018 Rev Run that included a 5-Mile Run in the Park, three-mile walk and the 1.776km Young Patriots Run. Sponsored by the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, plus corporate and business race sponsors and supported by the National Park Service and hundreds of volunteers, the race generated $55,500 in proceeds to support Park-wide improvements including Sullivan's Bridge Maintenance, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. programming, and Grand Parade Trail Projects.

  • July 4th Picnic in the Park Our nation's independence was celebrated by hundreds of visitors that enjoyed crafts, music, revolutionary games and an all-American cookout made possible through the efforts of The Encampment Store, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, VFNHP staff and the Alliance.

  • Veteran's Day Celebration at the National Memorial Arch This special day commemorated America's past and present military service to our country while honoring the legacy of the Continental Army and celebrating new military recruits with a live "Oath of Enlistment" at Valley Forge.

 
 

WHO WE ARE - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

John Blumberg - Secretary

Gary Dowdalls

Molly Duffy - Executive Director

Mimi Gleason - Vice Chair

Yan Hryciw

Amy Johnson

Anne Kelly - Treasurer

Don Naimoli

Barb Pollarine

Michael Roscoe

Carole Rubley

Scott Sibley - Chairman of the Board

Kirsten Tallman

Terri Woodman McIntosh

To learn more, please contact us here

The Valley Forge Park Alliance
is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. For additional information call 610-783-1777.

 

 

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