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Ferrell Third Grade Students Visit the Valley Forge Historical Park

August 4, 2009
By Lynn Stola

Recently, Mrs. Mordan's third grade class from Ferrell Elementary School visited Valley Forge and the Philadelphia Zoo. During their visit at the Valley Forge National Park, they watched a film portraying what took place there during the Revolutionary War, viewed the museum and log cabins. Costumed interpreters presented live demonstrations from that time period which the students also enjoyed.

Valley Forge was Pennsylvania's first state park, established in 1833. In 1976, responsibility for the park was transferred to the National Park System, and renamed the Valley Forge National Historical Park. All park facilities are available at no charge. The 3,600 acre park is open year round, and offers self-guided tours. In the summer, visitors can opt to take a guided bus tour, visit the restored George Washington headquarters building, museums, statues, and monuments. Park rangers give commentaries on the history and importance of the Continental armies winter encampment in Valley Forge. They also have a Junior Ranger program for children which teaches drill and mustering skills.

If you enjoy archeology, stop by and see an ongoing excavation at the place where one of the New England brigands was encamped during the winter of 1777-1778. The site is at the Washington Memorial Chapel, and is open on Mon-Fri from 9-3pm, until August 14th. If you go, a stop at the park's welcome center can provide additional information about the park's outdoor recreational opportunities.

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