Storytelling Benches

Guaranteed to educate and entertain, one-of-a-kind Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches can be found in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Storytellers, trained at the unique Benstitute, share riveting stories of the encampment, and how it became a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Short, 3-to-5-minute stories are told for free at the signature 13-foot curved bench.

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Varnum's Quarters

Note: The Bench at the Van Stueben Statue only operates on weekends throughout the summer.

A Storyteller entertains guests at one of the storytelling benches along a stop of the Once Upon A Nation tours
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