Valley Forge Assumptions Debunked

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We are taught that Valley Forge was this horrific winter quarters for Washington and his troops in 1777-78. That may be so, and I sure would not wish to spend several winter months there, but they were also there through June. It is a beautiful area. Of course, with thousand trompling the grounds, it was probably muddy and not so wonderful. Whatever – I received a pleasant surprise when I learned that Washington bunked in a lovely home, not a tent as I erroneously assumed.

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I love that PA stone!

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And it was particularly affecting to realize I was touching the very banister that our country’s hero had once so casually leaned upon.

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The scenery was enchanting without worries of the British on my horizon.

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It is well worth visiting the Pennsylvania countryside that was once so ravaged by the blood of our ancestors.

Probably a most illuminating moment was reading a quote from Baron de Steuben in the train station museum near by. We Americans – it explains a lot.

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