The Great Valley House of Valley Forge

1475 Swedesford Road, Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355
Innkeeper(s): Pattye Benson
 

Springtime in Valley Forge 19 Apr 2015, 12:43 pm

Nothing says the start of Spring better than beautiful blue crocus!

Daffodils against the ancient stone wall.

Cherry blossom trees in a local park — just beautiful!

 

A snowy January day in Valley Forge National Historical Park 29 Jan 2015, 12:45 pm

Valley Forge National Park ( www.nps.gov/vafo ) is open year-round.  Although the Park is wonderful in all the seasons, there’s something very special about a walk in the park on a snowy January day … the quiet stillness with history all around.

 

VALLEY FORGE OPERATING HOURS & SEASONS

PARK GROUNDS
Open daily, year-round 7 AM to dark (1/2 hr after sunset).

VISITOR CENTER
9 AM – 5 PM daily.
9 AM – 6 PM daily, mid-June through mid-August.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day.

WASHINGTON’S HEADQUARTERS
9 AM – 5 PM daily, March – December.
10 AM – 4 PM weekends, January – February & President’s Day.
9 AM – 6 PM daily, mid-June through mid-August.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day.

TRAIN STATION
9 AM – 5 PM daily, March – December & President’s Day Weekend.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day.

WASHINGTON MEMORIAL CHAPEL
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday – Saturday & 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sunday.

CHAPEL CABIN SHOP
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

VARNUM’S QUARTERS
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM weekends, mid-June through Labor Day.

VARNUM’S PICNIC AREA PARKING LOT
7 AM to dark daily, April – October.
7 AM to dark weekends through November.

Longwood Gardens … amazing! 8 Sep 2013, 11:53 am

Just had to share this beautiful photo from Longwood Gardens — an amazing place!  Less than 30 min. from the Great Valley House, a must see if you are in the area!

Valley Forge Bike Rental — in Valley Forge National Historical Park 8 Jul 2013, 1:41 pm

Many guests have asked whether bikes are available to rent at Valley Forge Park.  And the answer is yes –Valley Forge Bike Rental is located conveniently in the lower Visitors Center Parking area within the park.  From their website, here’s everything you need to know about renting one of the Valley Forge Bikes.  (Update — the Valley Forge Bike Rental is currently closed but will reopen in June.)

  • Location:
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1400 North Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia, PA 19406
  • CONTACT INFORMATION:

Phone: 215-789-6259

  • HOURS: 
June 1st thru August 28th
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat, Sun 9am-6pm
May, Sept., October
Sat, Sun 10am-5pm
  • RATES:

Hourly

Day

Adult Bike*

$15.00

$25.00

Performance Bike*

$20.00

$30.00

Child Bike*

$10.00

$15.00

Buggy/Tag-a-long

$10.00

$15.00

Child Helmet

$5.00

$10.00

Adult Helmet

$5.00

$10.00

Lock

$5.00

$5.00

All Day Rentals must be returned by 5pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends.

Adult Bikes are Jamis Explorer 1.0, Trek 7000 and Trek Navigator 50.

Child Bikes are Trek MT220, and Trek MT60.

*All rentals include helmets for every rider.

AVAILABLE BICYCLES:

Click here to see photos and descriptions of all the available bike rentals.

MAPS:

TRAIL MAPS: (PDF FORMAT: REQUIRES ADOBE ACROBAT)

VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL PARK:

ITINERARY

Multi-use trail: A 5.5 mile loop that follows the rolling hills around the perimeter of Valley Forge. The loop is part of the historical tour of the park. There are picnic areas, bathrooms, and vending machines.

  • Some of the things that you will see on the way:—Welcome Center—Muhlenberg Brigade—Outer Line Defenses—National Memorial Arch—Wayne Statue—Grave of the unknown soldier—Redoubt 3, Redoubt 4—Artillery Park—Varnum’s Quarters—Washington Memorial ChapelThe multi-use trail also offers extensions that travel to George Washington’s Headquarters and to Knox’s quarters.

The Schuylkill River Trail 21.5 miles. Begins in Valley Forge National Historic Park and travels to Philadelphia. The trail passes through Conshohocken, Manayunk, Fairmount Park, the Philadelphia Art Museum and ends at 25th and Locust Streets. There is easy on/off to restaurants and attractions in Manayunk and Center City Philadelphia.

The Perkiomen Trail 20 miles. Begins in Valley Forge National Historic Park and ends in Green Lane State Park.

Schuylkill River Trail/ Perkiomen Trail Pickup and Drop-off On weekends and holidays we can meet you with bikes and helmets at the trailhead of the Schuylkill River Trail or the Perkiomen Trail starting in the Betzwood Parking area. Please call ahead to reserve bikes for this activity.

18th Century Bed & Breakfast … 3 Jul 2013, 5:44 am

The Great Valley House of Valley Forge, a historic 300-year old stone house boasting 18th century charm and 21st century hospitality.  Step back in time to the beginning of our heritage and the founding of our country and discover quiet, simple pleasures at the Great Valley House.

George Washington Didn’t Have a Swimming Pool! 27 Jun 2013, 12:01 pm

Summer has finally descended on the Philadelphia suburbs in all its glory.  With temperatures creeping past the 90 degree mark and humidity on the rise, no one is moving too quickly, unless its to the swimming pool.  Surrounded by ancient maple and oak trees and hedges of boston ferns, the pool offers a welcome escape from the summer sun!

Annual March Out of the Continental Army – Valley Forge National Historical Park on June 15, 2013 8 Jun 2013, 10:03 am

Re-creation of Revolutionary War history at Valley Forge National Historic Park

On June 19, 1778, George Washington’s Continental Army marched out of the Valley Forge encampment, having endured six months of challenging hardships.  Yet positive changes had also taken place, and the army that left the encampment was larger and more unified than before, and was in pursuit of the British Army which had evacuated captured Philadelphia.  Every year, Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates the march-out of the army, and this year’s event offers visitors a special opportunity to participate.

Less than a 10-min. drive from the Great Valley House of Valley Forge, on Saturday, June 15, from 11 AM – 1 PM, re-create history at Valley Forge National Historical Park and participate in a commemorative march.  The program begins at Artillery Park (Tour Stop #7) where participants will form up into a marching formation and walk about a half mile along a historic road that the army actually used 235 years ago to leave the encampment. Along the way, costumed interpreters will present programs that show how events at Valley Forge allowed the army to turn things around and march out and successfully engage the British.

A special soldier life program concludes the program near Varnum’s picnic area (Tour Stop #8).  Visitors who choose to pack a lunch have the option to enjoy it at the picnic area following the program.  Sturdy footwear should be worn, as the historic road is unpaved and uneven in spots.

Enjoy a Walk on the Grounds … 4 Jun 2013, 2:41 pm

The beautiful grounds of the Great Valley House are perfect for a walk under the ancient oak, maple and walnut trees.

Much Anticipated Annual Devon Horse Show & Country Fair – 10 min. from Great Valley House! 27 May 2013, 7:33 pm

The annual Devon Horse Show & Country Fair has been going strong since 1896 — 2013 marks its 117th year!  The Devon Horse Show began as a one-day show but today it has become the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States.  The much anticipated annual event, it is one of the most exciting events to happen in our area.  Although an international competition drawing competitors from around the world, the show and country fair continues to reflect what makes the Philadelphia Main Line traditions so special. May 22 – June 2, 2013. Devon Horse Show & Country Fair —  Click here for full schedule of events.

There’s something for everyone at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair —

Lemon sticks, cotton candy, buckets of fudge, a sky high view from a Ferris wheel, shops to tempt the buyer and browser alike, handcrafted creations, and food booths bursting with hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, ice cream and even more traditional fare in the Garden Café . Where can you find all that and more…at the Devon Country Fair.

Enjoy daily events at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair — the best part, at the end of the day, know that you are less than 10 min. from your room at the Great Valley House.

 

The Old Kitchen … 14 May 2013, 4:54 am

The romance of three hundred years preserved. A gourmet breakfast is served each morning in front of the large 14-ft. wide walk-in fireplace. Enjoy the 18th century experience to linger over that last cup of coffee.