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Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA

Washington Memorial Chapel Valley Forge

One of the places I like to hike near me is Valley Forge Park. The rolling hills and the open spaces allow you to enjoy the blue skies we so often get, even in the depths of winter. With blue skies, even when cold you get the warmth from the sun. Generally where ever you are in the park, if you are on the walking trail that loops around the park you cannot miss seeing the tower from the Washington Memorial Chapel. I have posted many photos of it over time, on sunny days, foggy days, snowy days as it stands as a beacon above the park.

That being said, and having walked past it numerous times this Saturday I had gone for a hike with the intention of looking inside if there was no wedding or ceremony taking place. As I approached I looked up and noticed for the first time below the flag on the tower the eagles standing guard on the corners of the tower.

Valley Forge Memorial Chapel Valley ForgeThere are multiple ways to enter the chapel, but the color of this door caught my attention. I love the architecture of the chapel and the Gothic windows that are either side of the chapel in the cloisters are superb.

As I mentioned my intention Saturday was to look inside, little did I know what I had been missing. I have walked around the outside several times, I have even been in in the small cafe that sits behind the chapel and as yet not been in the used book store attached to the chapel and walked through the cemetery behind the church. But never had thought to enter the chapel when there was no service or ceremony taking place.

I am so glad this Saturday I was motivated to go in and enjoy the peace and tranquility that was there. From the carved pews to the stained glass windows show scenes of the founding fathers and the soldiers who were at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 there was so much to marvel at and enjoy. Whilst it is dark inside the hanging flags and burning candles give a real sense of solemnity as you enter the small sanctuary which reminded me of so many old English churches back home. 

Washington Memorial Chapel Valley Forge

After enjoying the chapel and the grounds I continued my hike, finding a new path to walk above the Schuylkill River and over to Mount Misery, having walked over Mount Joy to get to the chapel, a total of 6.75 miles. If you are looking for any hiking suggestions around the Tredyffrin Easttown, Main Line area contact Nick Vandekar, Selling the Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543,,

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Comment balloon 8 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • March 18 2019 05:09PM


Hi Nick, thank you for sharing some photos of this beautiful chapel. Eagles on the four corners of the tower where the flag is a sight to see for sure.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 5 months ago

Hello Nick- - -a great idea and one that can be easily be realized in each of our cities. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 5 months ago


I love when moments like this happen, when one discovers something new or undiscovered!  I enjoyed your post. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Beth Atalay for some reason the flag got cut off, but it was the eagles I was trying to highlight. This day they just jumped out at me when usually all I see is the flag.

Michael Jacobs sometimes we walk past these treasures and miss them completely. It takes just a minute or so to enter in and enjoy.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel it was a real pleasure, to enter in and just feel the peace, it was so palpable.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

Hello Nick,  I do not know why I do not remember this with the number of times of been to Valley Forge.  Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 5 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - In addition to being beautiful, this chapel looks very peaceful too.  I wish more people would go to church chapels and do more reflecting. Our souls need more nurturing now more than ever! If only kids spent more time exploring places like this and less time on the Internet or texting, I think they might not feel so lost.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 5 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  I can see why you want to hike here it is so awe-inspiring. We do have some beautiful places in our area. Are you near Havertown? 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

Will Hamm it sits on Route 23 towards Phoenixville, you see it from wherever you are in the park as you walk almost. I have walked past it so many times and never went in. This day I decided I was going to look at the inside and am glad I did.

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP that is a deep thought, I am not sure they need to go to a chapel, although the peacefulness helps, just being out in nature without their phones may be a first step.

Hannah Williams we are very lucky with so many beautiful places around us. I am about 30 minutes from Havertown.


Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

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