Winter Encampment

By Fort Mifflin (other events)

Thursday, December 30 2021 11:00 AM 3:00 PM EDT

What did George Washington's army do in the winter, when there were no battles to be fought? You've heard the stories about the winters at Valley Forge - visit Fort Mifflin on your holiday break to see for yourself many of the activities that took place in a winter encampment.

From mending uniforms and repairing weapons and equipment, to foraging for supplies and food to drilling, drilling, drilling under the watchful eye of General Von Steuben you can try your own hand at encampment activities! Cozy up by the fireplace and learn how to sew a button on your uniform, make some hard tack or play some games that were used to pass time on long winter nights.

Meet Joseph Plumb Martin, who survived the Siege at Fort Mifflin and the following winter at Valley Forge. Our own Mike Kalichak portrays Martin as an older veteran, reflecting on his service as he prepares to pen his memoir (11:30 and 1:30.)

Explore the nature trail, enjoy gallery talks (and check out the new exhibit room!) and musket and cannon demonstrations. Complimentary hot chocolate!

Activities are centered in the (heated) Soldier's Barracks and adjacent fire pit.

Mailing Address

Fort Mifflin and Hog Island Roads Philadelphia, PA 19153