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.
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.