We checked out the museum for the site--
|I like paleography, so I enjoyed deciphering the inscription on this powder horn, although I couldn't work out a couple of the characters on my own.|
|We didn't tromp around EVERY company's barracks, but we explored this one thoroughly.|
A lot of what we know about Valley Forge was informed by Forge, a great read in YA historical fiction (the third book in the series, Ashes, recently came out, so that's next on our car audiobook list after we finish our current series), so we were especially excited to see these barracks, inside and out, as a lot of time in the novel is devoted to their construction:
The earthworks were also interesting to explore. I wouldn't let my kids climb on them (although other people were, and for all I know, it was allowed), so instead one of them hid behind them and shot at me:
The other major highlight of Valley Forge, for us, was Washington's Headquarters--
--although not for the reasons that you might think, namely George Washington, even though Matt is a big fanboy of his.
Not me, though. I am no Washington fangirl, although his gardens were on point, but you know who I AM a huge fangirl of?
His assistant, Alexander Hamilton!
Alexander Hamilton walked these stairs!
Alexander Hamilton possibly slept in this bedroom!
I'm not the only one, either--there were two docents in the house while we were there, and I heard someone from both of the two families who came in after us ask about Alexander Hamilton!
I didn't hear either of them actually ask about George Washington...
We're not really souvenir buyers, but I did make a couple of amazing discoveries in this gift shop. One is Jeff Shaara's series of historical fiction about the American Revolution, which I've requested from our local library and which I'm deeply hoping is as good as Killer Angels and Panther in the Sky, my two favorite historical fiction books, and the other is that indie game makers have made a TON of board, card, and/or dice games about the American Revolution! I wanted this one the most, but all of them were too spendy for me to purchase without having at least tried them out first--I wish I had access to a board game lending library, or a rental service!
Next on our list we hit the road and came here. Can you tell its historical significance?
It may look like a regular old riverbank, but this is the place where Washington and his army crossed the Delaware!
We looked at it, sure, but you know what? It was also just a really nice day to goof off at a riverbank:
|This kid wasn't satisfied until, as usual, she'd soaked her trousers to the thigh and had to change in the car.|
|This kid wasn't satisfied until, as usual, she'd created an entire bakery's worth of mudpies.|
...and, of course, a Dunkin' Donuts every mile, just in case we needed more sugar and caffeine.
Reader, we did.