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Valley Forge paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 08/03/2017
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Valley Forge National Historical Park is the site of the third winter encampment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, taking place from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778.

1400 N Outer Line Dr
King of Prussia , PA 19406
Phone: (610) 783-1099
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 40.10104
Lon: -75.42199319999997

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 2
Claims: 4
Evidence: 0
Resources: 9
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Valley Forge National Historical Park is the site of the third winter encampment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, taking place from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. The National Historical Park preserves the site and interprets the history of the Valley Forge encampment. Originally Valley Forge State Park, it became a national historical park in 1976. The Park contains historical buildings, recreated encampment structures, memorials, museums, and recreation facilities.

The park encompasses 3,500 acres (1,400 ha) and is visited by over 1.2 million people each year. Visitors can see restored historic structures, reconstructed structures such as the iconic log huts, and monuments erected by the states from which the Continental soldiers came. Visitor facilities include a visitor center and museum featuring original artifacts, providing a concise introduction to the American Revolution and the Valley Forge encampment. Ranger programs, tours (walking and trolley), and activities are available seasonally. The park also provides 26 miles (42 km) of hiking and biking trails, which are connected to a robust regional trails system. Wildlife watching, fishing, and boating on the nearby Schuylkill River also are popular.

From December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778, the main body of the Continental Army (approximately 12,000 troops) was encamped at Valley Forge. The site was chosen because it was between the seat of the Second Continental Congress in York, supply depots in Reading, and British forces in Philadelphia 18 miles (29 km) away, which fell after the Battle of Brandywine. This was a time of great suffering for the army, but it was also a time of retraining and rejuvenation. The shared hardship of the officers and soldiers of the army, combined with Baron Friedrich von Steuben's professional military training program, are considered key to the subsequent success of the Continental Army and marks a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

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Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

Although no physical battle was fought here, the battle against low morale, the elements, and hunger was a fierce one and many believe that those who lost that fight still remain. Visitors to the park claim to have seen men in army dress and some have reported what appears to be a man hanging from a tree.

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The Victorian interest in graves naturally led to the creation of Valley Forge ghost stories. In 1895, there were reports of ghostly campfires and the spirits of Revolutionary soldiers were said to be visible on the hillsides on stormy nights.

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2831 07/27/2019 sdonley People have taken photos with strange lights and orbs throughout the park.
2832 07/27/2019 sdonley Investigators have recorded EVPs throughout the park.
2833 07/27/2019 sdonley The apparitions of soldiers have been seen and photographed.
2834 07/27/2019 sdonley The apparition of a man hanging from a tree has been seen.

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Graves and Ghosts at Valley Forge
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Historic Valley Forge. Read the story of the 6-month encampment at Valley Forge. Plus a timeline, weather reports, the French Connection, Franklin, spies, mysteries, and more!
Wikipedia Entry
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Wikipedia entry for this location.
Valley Forge Park Visitor and Tourism Information
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Plan your visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park. View park details, living history programs, outdoor recreation and trails, events and maps.
Valley Forge - HISTORY
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At the winter encampment, George Washington oversaw the transformation of the battered Continental Army into a confident and cohesive fighting force.
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Information about visiting.
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Information about Valley Forge.
Valley Forge | National Park Foundation
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Valley Forge National Historic Site marks the winter encampment of the Continental Army and honors the sacrifices of the Revolutionary War generation.
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TripAdvisor information about this location.
Valley Forge Legacy
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The Valley Forge Muster Roll, a project of the Valley Forge Park Alliance, is dedicated to the memory of those who were at winter quarters from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778.

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