Dedicated in 1917 — Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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The most striking monument in the Valley Forge National Historical Park, the arch marks the entrance of the weary and ragged regiments of the Continental Army into the Valley Forge encampment. Designed by Paul Philippe Cret, a University of Pennsylvania Professor, the arch was built in a style reminiscent of the Triumphal Arch of Titus in Rome (AD 81).
plans called for two arches, one dedicated to George Washington
and the other to Baron von Stuben, the Prussian-born military
leader who trained the previously undisciplined troops under Washington.
A single arch was approved by Congress in 1910, but its completion
was delayed when funds were diverted to World War I efforts. It
was dedicated on June 19, 1917, the 139th anniversary of the evacuation
of Valley Forge.
© 2004 Terry White, Drawing © 2004 Bill Harrah