Washington Memorial Chapel King of Prussia Reviews
Definitely worth checking out, even if not part of the park itself Nov 09, 2015
Located right by Valley Forge National Historical Park, but not part of the park itself, the Washington Memorial Chapel started to be built in 1903, as a memorial to George Washington. And still an active Episcopal parish.
Inside the chapel, there are stained glass windows that tell the life of George Washington and the age of exploration. While this sounds fascinating in itself, and they are nice to look at, making out the details is really hard. That is because the windows are high, and the details are really small to see from the ground. I had a guy who was overseeing the place, explain all this to me, with his laser pointer. It was interesting to hear him explain it though.
On the ceiling and on the ground, there are seals for each state. And at the altar, there are figures of colonial soldiers on both sides, on top of the benches and on the wall above it. They are really nice to look at, with the attention to detail being good.
Nearby is the Justice Bell, which is a replica of the Liberty Bell. This was used between 1915 and 1920, for the women’s suffrage movement. It would not be rung until 1920, when the 19th amendment was passed, giving the women the right to vote.
There are statues around the place, and a cemetery in the back of the chapel. Plus a little café and gift shop in the back as well.
Washington Memorial Chapel may not be part of the historical park itself, but I think it is definitely worth a visit, mainly for the inside of the chapel. And it can be a nice way to end a day trip to Valley Forge.
Admission to the church is free, but donations are accepted.
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