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Valley Forge Park: Stop at Washington Memorial Chapel

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Tucked in the natural beauty of Valley Forge National Historical Park is Washington Memorial Chapel, a stop to make while touring the park. Completed in 1917 as a memorial to General George Washington and the Continental Army, its Gothic Revival style is impressive and inviting. It was designed by Milton B. Medary, Jr. and opened in recognition of the 125th anniversary of the army’s evacuation from Valley Forge. This memorial provides much to intrigue the mind and your senses.

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The Chapel is maintained on private property within the park and located on the tour road section of Route 23 near to the visitor center, Varnum’s Quarters and von Steuben statue. While separately maintained from the park, the chapel is open daily to the public. Directly behind the chapel sits an historic log cabin open to the public as the Cabin Shop. Offering homemade baked goods and unique Revolutionary and Colonial themed souvenirs, it may make your stop especially memorable. In 1953 a gift of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution provided the National Patriots Bell Tower. It is home to one of the world’s most beautiful carillons. There are arches, plaques and statues to appreciate those honorable individuals who defined our history. Taking in the sights and sounds of this commemorative property may be one of your favorite times at Valley Forge Park.

The chapel maintains an active Episcopal parish and is open to all. The Cabin Shop, open daily 10-5pm directly behind the chapel is the only place within the park serving snacks and lunch fare, including its famous shoo-fly cake. There is also a General Store and used book store to tempt your time and interest. You may want to plan extra time for all this stop has to offer.

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