Once Upon a Nation

Celebrating 10 Years in Valley Forge!

Once Upon A Nation in Valley Forge

Just a few miles outside Historic Philadelphia, even more history awaits. Experience fantastic Once Upon A Nation programming at Valley Forge National Historical Park, where the past is alive and well.

Click here to check out this video of the 10th anniversary kick-off!


Storytelling Benches

Come and listen as specially trained storytellers share riveting stories of the Valley Forge encampment, and how it became a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!

Locations & Hours

Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches are located at the Train Station at General Washington's Headquarters, the Valley Forge Visitors Center, and Muhlenberg Brigade (New).

  • May 27 - 29, Memorial Day Weekend: 11 am - 4 pm, daily
  • June 3 - June 11: 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • June 12 - August 13: 11 am - 4 pm, daily
  • August 19 - 27: 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • September 2 - 4, Labor Day Weekend: 11 am - 4 pm, daily
  • September 9 - October 22: 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays

Valley Forge Secrets & Spies

George Washington needs your help! There’s rumor of a plot to have him kidnapped at Valley Forge. Be the first to enlist and join an American spy network to uncover the traitors involved. FREE! No reservation is required.

Location & Hours

Valley Forge Secrets & Spies begins at the Train Station at General Washington's Headquarters.

  • June 10: 12:30 pm
  • June 17: 12:30 pm and 2 pm
  • June 24: 12:30 pm
  • July 1 & 4: 12:30 pm and 2 pm
  • July 8, 15, 22, 29: 12:30 pm
  • August 5 & 12: 12:30 pm
  • August 19: 12:30 pm and 2 pm