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Washington's Headquarters

Located at the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Gulph Road, King of Prussia, 19406

 

One of the remaining buildings of the original Valley Forge encampment is the stone house of Washington’s headquarters. Soon after the soldiers left, the wood huts began to decay and none of the originals survived, although replicas have been constructed throughout the park. This has led some to ask if it was not a selfish act for Washington to occupy a house for himself when his men were compelled to live in cold log cabins. But the records show that Washington told his men that he would be the last man under roof. He would stay in his tent until every soldier had built his hut! From this, one can understand why Washington was so admired by his men. As one of the wealthiest men in the colonies by virtue of his vast landholdings, Washington risked everything for the American cause of liberty. For many, he has become the example of one who becomes great by becoming a servant for the good of all. Jesus’ teaching on servant leadership declares, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35, NIV).