George Washington - The National Memorial Arch - Valley Forge National Historical Park - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
N 40° 05.513 W 075° 26.308
18T E 462622 N 4438047
The National Memorial Arch sits in a very prominent view along the driving tour of Valley Forge.
Waymark Code: WMAKYY
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 01/27/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Naked and Starving as they are we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery

Washington at Valley Forge Feburary 16, 1778

The National Memorial Arch was authorized by Congress in 1910 as a tribute to George Washington and his army who edured the winter encampment at Valley Forge in 1777 - 1778. It was designed by Paul Phillipe Cret, a prominent Philadelphia architect, and dedicated on June 19, 1917.

* Information quoted in part from information marker at the site of the National Memorial Arch.

The condition of the Arch deteriorated to the point where the area was encircled with caution tape, keeping visitors from getting close and viewing the area. Freemasons of Pennsylvainia contributed more than $1.5 million to restore the Arch. Between 1996 and 1997, work took place correcting structural repairs. Nine tons of structural steel was added to the attic space stabilizing the Arch. At the completion of the restoration, as is today, the Arch once again is open for visitation by all.

Valley Forge National Historical Park 1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia, PA 19406 National Memorial Arch located at: intersection of Outerline Drive and Gulph Road

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