Reproductions of huts built in December 1777
Valley Forge National Historical Park Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
#NC-17420-PA - Notecards
available in Notecard Assortment #AST-1777
Immediately after their arrival at Valley Forge, the soldiers
of the Continental Army began building huts for shelter on December
19, 1777. General George Washington had written orders the previous
day specifying that the structures were to be 14 by 16 feet each
and 6.5 feet high, with a door next to the road and a fireplace
in the rear. Washington also promised a $12 reward to “the party
in each regiment, which finishes their hut in the quickest and
most workmanlike manner.” Each hut housed about a dozen soldiers.
first reproduction hut was constructed in 1905 over an original
hardpan dirt floor with funds from the Daughters of the American
Revolution. Inspired by the re-creation of Williamsburg, VA, park
commissioners embarked on a new phase of historic preservation
from 1935 through the 1950s. The strategic groupings of log huts
were a key component of this effort.
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