Once Upon a Nation

Celebrating 10 Years in Valley Forge!

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.


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 Muhlenberg Brigade (New).

  • May 27 - 29, Memorial Day Weekend: 11 am - 4 pm, daily
  • June 3 - June 11: 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • June 12 - August 13: 11 am - 4 pm, daily
  • August 19 - 27: 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • September 2 - 4, Labor Day Weekend: 11 am - 4 pm, daily
  • September 9 - October 22: 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 10: 12:30 pm
  • June 17: 12:30 pm and 2 pm
  • June 24: 12:30 pm
  • July 1 & 4: 12:30 pm and 2 pm
  • July 8, 15, 22, 29: 12:30 pm
  • August 5 & 12: 12:30 pm
  • August 19: 12:30 pm and 2 pm