Valley Creek defines the
Valley of eastern Chester County, Pennsylvania, United
The creek is a tributary of the Schuylkill River
Around 1740 a forge was erected along the Valley Creek near its
with the Schuylkill.
rise to the community of Valley Forge.
Later the creek powered a saw mill and
grist mill there. In 1777, the forge and mills were destroyed by
the British Army
during the American Revolutionary War
December of 1777, George
Washington chose Valley Forge as the site for the winter encampment of the Continental
Army partly because Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River
formed natural defensive barriers for the rear of the camp.
Headquarters during this period was in a farmhouse close to the
The American forces departed in the spring of