A travel journal
to Philadelphia by diminor1929
Quote: Valley Forge is an awe-inspiring attraction,filled with living history,reenactments,restorations and fabulous views of the rolling hills of Chester County where the Continental Army spent the grueling but defining winter of 1777-1778.
You can pick up a map, check for special programs offered for that day and stop in the bookstore to get some background information. Take time to view the exhibits located here as you will be fascinated with the original relics and artifacts displayed.
Tickets for Washington's Headquarters and National Park passes are available at the information desk here.() Make sure you buy them before leaving to save a trip back! You can plan your itinerary from this central location.
There is a daily ranger-led walk "Following in Their Footsteps" leaving at 10:50 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. It leaves from in front of auditorium, takes about 40 minutes and includes a 1/4 mile walk.
Places you want to be sure to see include;Memorial Chapel, Chapel Cabin Shop (you can grab a quick snack). Washington's original stone headquarters,(restored and furnished),statue of General "Mad Anthony" Wayne and the Monument to Patriots of African American Descent. Drive thru the Memorial Arch, see restored soldier huts, cannons,earthen fortifications.
Restaurant | "Chesterbrook Towne and Country Grill"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 8, 2002
Town & Country Grille at Chesterbrook
888 Chesterbrook Blvd
Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania 19087
Restaurant | "Kennedy-Supplee Restaurant"
Hubby and I dined lavishly on Oysters Florentine and Lobster Ravioli,for appteizers. My oysters were perfectly tender with nicely seasoned spinach. The ravioli was finished with a champagne-lobster sauce that intensified the great lobster flavor. Hubby went with a cream of wild mushroom soup (the mushrooms truly tasted wild..lots of flavor) but he would have liked it heated a little more.
For entree I Selected a trio of seared sea bass, swordfish and jumbo shrimp in a saffron broth. Mine was done the way I like it but you can request varying degrees of "searedness". My partner ordered a veal chop with baby artichokes, fresh peas and red wine reduction. It was a masterpiece and the piece I tasted was great. Unfortunately, at this point I couldnt even think about dessert but their selection was tempting. The wine list provided some reasonable accompaniments and service was attentive yet unobtrusive. This is a special place for a romantic night on the town.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2002
Kennedy Supplee Restaurant
1100 West Valley Forge Road / RR 23
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19401
Restaurant | "General Lafayette Inn Restaurant"
Interestingly enough, the menu is inspired by Southern and Native American foods. The barroom has at least seven, brewed-on-site beers made from only fresh hops and grains. A big favorite is their "Mead ale" which tastes closer to wine and is more to my preference. While there are several rooms available for parties of varying number, my experience was with a friend and fellow connoisseur of fine food.
After work on a Friday night we headed out to this spot and, not being terribly hungry, we started a meal by sharing an order of broiled sea scallops wrapped in bacon. They were sevred with an orange glaze over wild greens and tasted fresh, not watery. The dinner menu was the usual American fare with some regional innovations. My partner selected the grilled pok loin with maple glaze served with sweet potato and apple brown betty. I went with venison medallions served with artichoke poivre, sugar snap peas and mashed potatoes. I think my partner made the better choice as I was somewhat disappointed with the blah, overgrilled taste of the venison and nothing-special mashed potatoes. Still, the restaurant is a lovely place to take someone special for a romantic evening. There is a lot to talk about here, even if it's not the food.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2002
General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
646 Germantown Pike
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19444
Attraction | "King of Prussia Court and Plaza"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2002
King of Prussia Mall
160 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
+1 610 265 5727
Attraction | "Valley Forge-New Visitor's Center 2003"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2003
Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau
600 West Germantown Pike