Military Lifestyle

Greater Philadelphia • 4 stops

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.


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.


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.


Brandywine Battlefield Park
Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site is located on 50 acres, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. It is a portion of the 15 square miles that the Battle of Brandywine was fought September 11, 1777, during the American Revolution. The battle was a major victory for the British & enabled them to capture the city of Philadelphia.