Refuge for the WinterWelcome to the fourth largest city in America. Arriving in this rural area in the winter of 1777, soldiers immediately began building 2000 log huts for shelter, earthworks for defense, and rubble roads to keep out the deep, boot-pulling mud.General Washington issued orders on the sizes and locations of the huts. Soldiers cleared all the trees from the countryside for miles around, dragging back the lumber to build log walls, shingle roofs, and rough bunks and stools. Most of this mighty task was finished within a month, despite shortages of tools. For six months the log city's population rivaled Philadelphia, New York and Boston. "General Washington keeps his station at Valley Forge. I was there when the Army first began to build huts. They appeared to me like a family of beavers, everyone busy; some carrying logs, others mud, and the rest plastering them together. The whole was raised in a few days and it is a curious collection of buildings, in the true rustic order."
|Placed By||Valley Forge National Historical Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 8:05pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 463733 N 4438650|
|Decimal Degrees||40.09736667, -75.42546667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 5.842', W 75° 25.528'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 5' 50.52" N, 75° 25' 31.68" W|
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