Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Valley Forge, PA and I am thankful for....

I am thankful for all the traveling my family and I are able to do. See the world, visit new people and learn about history. Join Linda, Tracey and I at No ordinary hop and post what you are thankful for the entire month of November! Just click on the button it will take you straight there:) We hope to see you there:)

Continuing our studies on the Revolutionary War, my parents and I took the children to see Valley Forge. It was a beautiful park and we learned so much. We found out that it was a relatively mild winter for the soldiers but it was so harsh because many of them did not have clothes or shoes. The soldiers arrived early Dec and constructed simple huts to keep them warm. There were 12 men to a hut and between one to two thousand huts were built. After the army left there wasn't a tree in sight for nearly five miles!

A reconstructed hut. There were several located throughout the park that you could explore.

enlisted cabin very sparse, 12 men to a cabin. Little Man checking out how comfortable the bed is.

Officer cabin had a lot more comforts and only 1 to 3 officers to a cabin

We also were able to tour General Washington's headquarters. One thing that I learned was that General Washington was not paid for his service during the Revolutionary War. He kept detail inventory of his expenditures and submitted them to congress but was not always reimbursed for his expenses.

This is general Washington personal flag and if you can tell it has stars with 6 points. This was the type of star he wanted on the US flag according to the park ranger.

Inside the house almost everything inside is a replicate

George and Martha bedroom. We were told Martha visited and stayed with George every winter during the war.

The park has a great visitor center with lots of exhibits, there is also a train station that has been converted into an additional information center. We had a great visit and feel like we have a better understanding what George Washington and his soliders experienced that winter.


  1. Thanks for sharing. We've been studying this and would love to get there some day.

    Found you throught the Hip Homeschool Hop

  2. what a great field trip! I'd love to go there.

  3. Another great trip! Thanks for sharing your adventures! Do you know how to add the "No ordinary blog hop" button yet so others can link to our hop from your blog? I don't have time now to answer your question, but I hope Lynda can answer you if I don't get back to you in time :)
    I clicked a vote for you today!

  4. Awesome trip! Loved showing this to my kids as a side lesson- since I doubt we will make it there while they are still school age. Glad I found you through the Hop today.

  5. Hi Anna-Marie,
    I clicked a vote for you today too! Your blog hop button and the link to my blog button look great! I wasn't sure if my instructions were understandable, but I'm glad you were able to figure it out from what I wrote you :)

    Hope you are having a great week! You're heading home soon huh?

  6. I'm sorry I wasn't there for you, but Tracy did a great job explaining. It looks great, and as Tracy will tell you I have issues with my button. I will get one up soon. (My son didn't like my first one, and I didn't like the one he helped me make. I am back at the drawing board.) Oh, I made one for you if you don't have one yet. I voted for you today.

  7. Hi Anna-Marie! I'm stopping in from Thankful Hearts. Still working on my linky but wanted to tell you how much I enjoy history the older I get. What a great field trip you all took!

  8. I would love to go there someday. Thanks for sharing! I am learning a lot from your blog. Thanks!

  9. Im a new follower from Wednesday Welcome blog hop. Hope to get a follow back. I am searching for bloggers to feature on a Feature Me Fridays post on my blog by submitting a favorite recipe and photo. Contact me for more info.

  10. Hi there, new follower here from Welcome Wednesday. Love the blog and thanks for sharing your travels with us. Check out my blog if you get the chance, thanks!


  11. Your newest follower! Thank you.

    The Disconnected Writer

  12. HI Anna-Marie!
    I clicked a vote for you today! Congrats on being at #7 on the Picket Fence :) Hope you are having a great day/night!

  13. Hi,

    Following you from WW. I love the look of your blog. We have similar names. Come over for a visit.