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Monday, October 27, 2014

Valley Forge



If you read my last post and guessed George Washington, you are correct. George...and Martha...did indeed sleep in this room.


We just returned from spending a wonderful week in Pennsylvania. On the way to our destination of Philadelphia, we spent a couple nights in Valley Forge. It was the highlight of the trip!

The house that General Washington used as his headquarters during the long, cold winter of 1777-1778 is pictured above...it is the original house. Unlike the British who commandeered homes for their personal use, Washington compensated the owners for the use of their property. Martha joined her husband here during that bitter winter. The home was relatively new at the time.



This is room served as Washington's office. All the woodwork and most of the floors are original to the period. The floors where the public walks are not original. The Park Service has done a remarkable job of dressing out the quarters. They look so authentic to the period...just wonderful!


This room was the bedroom of George and Martha. It is dressed out perfectly! The early bed clothes...the furniture...the small details make it a visual feast!



Next door...another beautifully dressed bedroom.




And a third bedroom down the hall.


So many wonderful details in this historic house!



Washington's personal flag.



Mr. MW and I read a lot of history about the Revolution. To be able to visit Valley Forge made for an unforgettable day! 

If you are ever close to Philadelphia, take a ride out to this beautiful place so key to our freedom.


I'll share more pics from our journey later in the week.

Enjoy the day,
Robyn

p.s. Because it is park of our National Park System, Vally Forge and all it's glory is free to the public. They have a great visitor's center with lots of info, exhibits and a film.


Mr.MW has a print of this painting hanging in his office and was thrilled to see the original painting here at the visitor's center at Valley Forge National Park.






10 comments:

  1. Wow! What a treat this post was! I loved seeing the house, the rooms and furnishings, everything! So beautiful -- and inspiring too! Thanks for sharing with us. I'll have to make an effort to get there someday.

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  2. One of my favorite places!!!
    I think it's time for another visit!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    xoxo

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  3. Thank you for the tour. Wonderful. I now have another destination
    in mind. Julia

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  4. Thanks for the bit of history. I love that great painting on the wall. I can imagine your husband's delight at seeing the original painting on the wall.
    It would be a real blast seeing that house in person.

    Annie is so fortunate to see all this in person.

    Thanks for sharing part of your trip with us.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  5. Wonderful tour. Thanks for sharing! I have never been to Valley Forge but the photos has made me move it up on the bucket list.

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  6. Enjoyed the tour! Beautiful paneled walls, floorboards, period pieces, and stone exterior. Just wonderful.

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  7. Hi Robyn. Love the Vally Forge tour, so interesting. Beautiful rooms, so many period pieces I love.Blessings Francine.

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  8. Beautiful pics, thank you for sharing. The last time I was east we visited Mt. Vernon but didn't have time to make it to PA. Valley Forge is at the top of my list for our next visit.

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  9. Valley Forge is in fact a lovely place to visit !
    I am seriously coveting those bed linens !
    Rose

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