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Day 5: New Windsor, NY - Washington Crossing - Valley Forge - Philadelphia, PA  

Waking from our tents, our Soldier's Life Living History program continues with a camp breakfast then musket training and drilling. Once we pass inspection, we pay homage to the Revolutionary Soldiers that gave their lives to the cause of freedom, as we fire a salute from our Brown Bess Muskets* at the Fishkill Depot Burial Ground, the largest burial ground of American Revolutionary War soldiers identified in the United States. *must be 18 years old

We have learned about Benedict Arnold the Hero, now understand his treachery as we dine on own at the Old 76 House which served as a jail his accomplice, Major John Andre. After our overnight encampment, we will fit right in for the Old 76 House has been a haven for weary travelers since 1668 and has hosted every General of the west wing of the Continental Army including Commander-in-Chief General George Washington.

With the spirit of Washington in our stomachs, we travel south to see where General George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776 and then marched to Trenton. Here, after losing every major battle since the Declaration of Independence and with a volunteer army about to released from their year of service, Washington orchestrated an epic plan to defeat the British hired Hessian forces without losing a single American soldier. We continue our way to Valley Forge, site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army. We debunk the myth of the conditions at Valley Forge as well as discuss its role in general Howe's taking of Philadelphia. We continue our way to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love which was created by William Pen as the center of his utopia for religious freedom for America. Dinner at the award winning City Tavern,  home to famous Chef Walter Staib, creator of the PBS series "A Taste of History". Overnight in Philadelphia (B,D).  

 


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