Once Upon a Nation in Valley Forge

Guaranteed to educate and entertain!

Once Upon A Nation in Valley Forge

Just a few miles outside Historic Philadelphia, even more history awaits. Experience fantastic Once Upon A Nation programming at Valley Forge National Historical Park, where the past is alive and well. Funding made possible with proceeds from the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run.


Storytelling Benches

Come and listen as specially trained storytellers share riveting stories of the Valley Forge encampment, and how it became a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!

Locations & Hours

Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches are located at the Train Station at General Washington's Headquarters, the Valley Forge Visitors Center, and the Muhlenberg Brigade.

  • May 26 - 28, Memorial Day Weekend: 11 am - 4 pm, daily
  • June 2 - June 10: 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • June 11 - August 12: 11 am - 4 pm, daily
  • August 18 - 26: 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • September 1 - 3, Labor Day Weekend: 11 am - 4 pm, daily
  • September 8 - October 21: 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays

Valley Forge Secrets & Spies

George Washington needs your help! There’s rumor of a plot to have him kidnapped at Valley Forge. Be the first to enlist and join an American spy network to uncover the traitors involved. FREE! No reservation is required.

Location & Hours

Valley Forge Secrets & Spies begins at the Train Station at General Washington's Headquarters.

  • June 9: 12:30 pm
  • June 16: 12:30 pm and 2 pm
  • June 23: 12:30 pm
  • June 30: 12:30 pm
  • July 4: 12:30 pm and 2 pm
  • July 7, 14, 21 & 28: 12:30 pm
  • August 4 & 11: 12:30 pm
  • August 18: 12:30 pm and 2 pm