Historic Sites in Greater Philadelphia

Greater Philadelphia • 8 stops

The counties around Philadelphia are a sight to behold for fans of nature and history. If you're interested in a short day trip outside the city to uncover history, look no further. 


Washington Crossing Historical Park
From the site of Washington Crossing Historic Park, General George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 to march to Trenton, New Jersey. Events are held here throughout the year including, Christmas Day Crossing, General Washington's Birthday, Charter Days, Harvest Days and Fourth of July Celebration. The park also features the 19th-century village of Taylorsville and outdoor recreation and picnic areas.


Mill at Anselma
The Mill at Anselma shows off the industrial traditions of Chester County. Today the Mill has become an educational and cultural resource for the community, offering a speaker series, farmer markets, and tours to the public for part of the year.


Old Barracks Museum
The Old Barracks Museum serves as a cultural center for the historic ties New Jersey has to the American Revolution period. Exhibitions and various educational programs within the historic Barracks themselves are a window for visitors.


Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
A plantation village from the 1700's, the history of Hopewell Furnace stretches even farther back as a site of America's natural beauty. On the National Historic Site sits an Apple Orchard, Iron Ore mines, and a water wheel where visitors can learn more about the history of the land and the people who lives and worked there, as well as explore the numerous trails around them.


Historic New Castle
The oldest continually occupied town in Delaware Valley with its tree lined brick streets is just ten minutes away from downtown Wilmington by car. With historically preserved houses from the Colonial Era, the New Castle Court House Museum, and its local businesses, Historic New Castle has much to offer for both passionate and casual history fans.


Peter Wentz Farmstead
A historic German American farm that was the site of George Washington's headquarters two separate times before and after the Battle of Germantown. Continuously farmed since 1744, the farm offers hands on activities for children of all ages.


Fort Mifflin
Originally built by the British in 1771, Fort Mifflin supported the American Revolution by delaying the re-supply of British forces occupying the rebel capital of Philadelphia in November, 1777. Beginning in October of that year, a valiant 5-week battle took place culminating in the greatest bombardment of the Revolutionary War. Surrounding the Fort on three sides, the British shot over 10,000 cannonballs at the fort, causing the garrison to evacuate during the night of November 15, 1777. The battle’s survivors left their flag flying, set fire to what remained of the Fort and made their way across the Delaware River to Fort Mercer. Fort Mifflin never surrendered.

General Washington and the Continental Army used this time to establish winter quarters in Valley Forge. Too late in the season for British General Howe give chase, the garrison at Fort Mifflin extended the war, providing the American army time to regroup until the spring of 1778.


Valley Forge National Historical Park
The site of the 1777-1778 winter encampment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and now home to the preservation and education of that period. White over a thousand acres to explore, there's plenty of activity at Valley Forge, including encampment tours, natural trails, children activities, and historic programs.