Thursday, September 24, 2009
Valley Forge Sharpener
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was the site of the American Continental Army camp in the winter of 1777–1778 during the American Revolutionary War. This was a time of great suffering for George Washington's Army, but it was also a time of retraining and rejuvenation. The site of the encampment became a Pennsylvania State Park in 1893 and, on the 4th of July, 1976, it became Valley Forge National Historical Park. The modern park features historical and recreated buildings and structures; memorials; and a newly renovated visitor center. A chapel was built in 1903 as a memorial to George Washington. Other park amenities include walking and bicycle trails. The park supports around 1000 deer which can be seen grazing in the wide open fields. The company, Sharpenking recently began selling a Valley Forge Washington HQ pencil sharpener for $5.50. Do you know of other souvenir versions of Valley Forge? Also in this park is The National Memorial Arch which is dedicated "to the officers and private soldiers of the Continental Army. The Arch was erected in 1910 by an act of the 61st Congress.The architect in charge of the arch was Paul Philip Cret and its It is modeled on the Arch of Titus in Rome. Does anyone know if a souvenir replica was ever made of this arch?