The Ruins

A Revolutionary War chaplain wrote about the Hospital, “ ‘Tis airy and new” and the “people seemed serious and attentive. A great deal of goodness of heart takes place here.” This building served as the principal hospital for the Valley Forge, as well as the Medical Department Headquarters.

The Ruins of the Revolutionary War Hospital (1777-78) with its 18th Century Medical Herb Garden provides a spot for silent reflection as you tour the site and grasp the full meaning of what happened here. At General George Washington’s urging, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia approved the erection of this medical facility. Patients sent here from the nearby Valley Forge encampment. Local Chester County residents provided food, clothing and loving care. You will be able to use the ruins for those special photographs or to hold your wedding ceremony.