Philadelphia, Heartbeat of the Revolution: Valley Forge, Trenton & Germantown
Follow in the Revolutionary footsteps of George Washington from Philadelphia to the Delaware River, visiting battle sites, national landmarks and his tactical headquarters on the way.
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Program No. 22708RJ
7 days
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Follow in the footsteps of George Washington and the Continental Army from Philadelphia to Valley Forge, across the Delaware to Trenton where American troops savored their first victory. Learn about Washington’s strategy and role in commanding troops in America’s fight for independence on visits to iconic locations of the American Revolution in Philadelphia and beyond including battle sites, 18th-century landmarks and Washington’s tactical headquarters.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Lots of walking, stairs and climbing on and off buses.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take field trips in Philadelphia to private libraries, explore Independence Hall, see the Liberty Bell and visit the new Museum of the American Revolution.
  • Walk with a historical interpreter through Valley Forge National Park and imagine the Continental Army camped there in the winter of 1776.
  • Cross the Delaware River, just like Washington and his troops did on that fateful icy night of December 24, and explore the Trenton Barracks where the battle won by American troops became a turning point in the Revolution.
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Nancy Webster
Nancy Webster is a student and teacher of history. After receiving her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, Nancy’s interest in early American history took her to William & Mary College where she received a double M.A. degree in American studies and museum curatorship. Today, she lectures and consults on planning, preservation and historical research. She is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Fellows in American Studies, the Friend’s Historical Association, Women Historians of the Delaware Valley, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Nancy is also curator and a board member of the Delaware Historical Society.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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