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The stained glass windows were the most impressive aspect of the chapel.
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Washington Memorial Chapel

1500 Valley Forge Park Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406
open 10-5, all week
610-783-0120 30 minutes or less
July 2012 Summer, Fall, Spring
$0-9 Valley Forge Pennsylvania
Website Historical Religious Sites
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Washington Memorial Chapel is an Episcopal church built in the early 1900s. It is located directly across the street from the Grand Parade part of Valley Forge National Historical Park. The chapel includes the main sanctuary building, some office space and a gift shop in the back of the property. In the foyer area there is a small exhibit on the Liberty Bell and a wall of honor which honors American veterans.

When designed and built the church was intended to serve as the home for a local parish, a place for worship and contemplation for visitors to the park and a memorial to American heroes who helped establish the republic. The main chapel has a traditional design with a narrow long nave and a slightly elevated sanctuary. The concrete walls are fairly austere but are dramatically enhanced and beautified by blue stained glass windows. The elegant and colorful windows include scenes and figures from the American Revolution.

The chapel is located at the end of the auto tour for Valley Forge park. It’s not actually part of the park and offers a distinctly different historical and spiritual experience from the park itself. It is quiet, serious and somewhat uplifting. It can lead one to reflect a bit on lives sacrificed and the blessings of liberty. While the park is more interesting historically and will have much broader appeal, if there is some extra time toward the end of the park tour, and a change of pace is of interest, it’s worth a few minutes to step inside the chapel to experience its peacefulness and to remember the past. This is still an active church so factor that into your plans if you wish to visit. Also, the chapel is definitely more suited for adults than for kids; there is little here they would find of interest.
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