If you are passionate about American history -- especially the Revolutionary War -- then the new "Patriot Trails" might be just for you. The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board (VFTCB), Patriot Trails, is a touring adventure designed to showcase the dramatic struggle for independence for modern visitors.
Patriot Trails Offers New Way to Experience Revolutionary War History
This self-guided Revolutionary War journey uses web-based mobile technology to tell the richly detailed story of the Revolutionary War. Participants get to experience history as it unfolded throughout Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
"Most people recognize the role that Valley Forge National Historical Park played during those crucial years of 1777 and 1778," says Edward Harris, vice president of marketing and communications for VFTCB. "What visitors -- and even locals -- may not know is that the encampment that was housed there is just one aspect of a much larger story."
The customizable journies highlight 16 historical sites, including the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Lansdale, which twice served as Washington's temporary headquarters. As well as Hope Lodge in Fort Washington, the site of a six-week encampment before the winter in Valley Forge.
"What we are doing is telling that tale by showcasing other significant historic sites throughout Montgomery County," says Harris. "The information for our trails is formatted for mobile devices. Our website's responsive technology enables history buffs, families, students, and groups to access information on the go."
The website breaks your journey into manageable sections, depending on how much time you have to explore. The itineraries range from half-day to multi-day adventures. The trail also highlights the men and women who committed themselves fully to oppose the British crown, offering mini-biographies.
"We are very excited about this tour," says Harris. "Its success can be replicated to enable visitors to experience our great county in a whole host of ways, from military history beyond the Revolution to arts and culture destinations to retro theaters and brewpubs."