Tuesday, September 8, 2009

National Memorial Arch, Valley Forge, PA

After a scenic drive through the park, and spotting very many deer, we headed to the Memorial Arch. It is a stunning landmark.
The United States Memorial Arch, located at the intersection of Outerline Drive and Gulph Road, was erected to commemorate the arrival of General George Washington and his Continental Army into Valley Forge.
For more history on this site, visit IntenseGuy's post from May! I was so far behind in getting these posted, I didn't go into any additional details!

Originally the plans were for two arches, each at a price of $50K. The bill was approved by the House of Representatives, but not the Senate. Later a bill for one arch at a price of $100K was passed in 1910. (makes no sense to me!) Funds were appropriated in 1911, construction began in 1914 and dedication ceremonies were conducted on June 19, 1917

From one side, the American flag is framed nicely by the arch

Tara is dwarfed by the arch, and has a flag pole growing out of her head.

Perhaps my favorite photograph of the day is this one of the back side of the Gen'l Anthony Wayne (Mad Anthony) Statues. I love the lighting and shadows.


James said...

Very impressive. I love the picture that is right above the bottom one.

Intense Guy said...

I love how you captured flow of the arch and the view down to the flag pole.

The deer are quite numerous aren't they? :) Its gotten to the point if I don't see them I wonder what is wrong.

I was comparing your pictures to mine (Day at Valley Forge) - Its amazing what a brilliant blur sky can do for the mood of a photograph. Yours are so uplifting!

Karla said...

memories of a lovely vacation that I had recently..We were amazed at the herds of deer and we were fortunante enough to see a fox also..

IntenseGuy sent me this link so I could have a few memories since he is the one that took me to Valley Forge..:-)

Matty said...

Not only do I like these pictures, but they depict one of my favorite times in history.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for showing these photos and telling that piece of history. Thanks also for your visit and kind comment.

Henrietta said...

Your photos are stunning! This is something we've talked about visiting, your pics make me want to even more!