From the desk of Rick Abbott, the Commander-in-Chief:


Dear DVF Members and Friends,

ENCAMPMENT 2020 CANCELLED – After much discussion amongst the Staff and in keeping with the many shelter at home policies of our states we have decided to cancel this year’s Encampment gathering at Valley Forge. Rescheduling was also deemed problematic with the uncertainties we face this year. However, the staff is working diligently to set up virtual meetings for the Staff Meeting and for the General Meeting. Please see the Inspector General’s discussion on this topic. Our plan is to conduct both meetings on-line on the days & times as if we were present at Encampment (Saturday, June 20, 2020, 1pm Eastern). Details on how we will do this and how to join in will be made available on line at our Society’s website www.valleyforgesociety.com. It is regrettable that we must skip 2020 but the health and safety of our membership is of primary concern. I hope you will join me at our virtual Encampment meetings.

     Each year the members of DVF gather together in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to celebrate the year's accomplishments and honor our ancestors. This time is called our Encampment, just as it was called in 1777.  We take time to tour sites in the Philadelphia area including Valley Forge National Historical Park.  We picnic with the Valley Forge Park Alliance on one of the evenings, participate in a memorial service at the Washington Memorial Chapel, and hold our annual banquet.

     Because our members can be of all ages, many families make this an annual event.  These photos are from several previous Encampments.  At our annual banquet, those who wish, may come in period dress.


     Join us for Encampment, June 18-20, 2020, at the Valley Forge National Historical Park.  We have great activities planned for the whole family. 

     A block of rooms will be reserved at a group rate at a local hotel.  We recommend staying there since that is where the Commander-in-Chief's hospitality suite will be for several gatherings.

     This winter, we will publish the Call to Encampment with all the information you need and the reservation form.  We hope to see you there!

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Congratulations to the Society of Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge for being an "APEX" winner for 2018 for our official publication called The Encampment.  It is produced by Editor & Director of Communications General, Jean Marie Dillon.  Click on the photos above to see an issue of this award-winning newsletter.

One of the most iconic commemorative works on the American Revolution, William Trego's March to Valley Forge was painted in Philadelphia and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1883.  It was conserved in 2011, thanks to funding from the Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge and now hangs in the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, PA.

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