Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA

Tara and I took advantage of the beautiful day that was the 1st day of September and headed to Valley Forge National Park. Our first stop was the Washington Memorial Chapel.

This is an active Episcopal Church which in NOT part of the park, nor does it receive any public funding.

The cornerstone of the building was laid in 1903, and the chapel built as a tribute to George Washington and the American Patriots of the Revolution.

The tower was built entirely by funds raised over a period of more than a decade by members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The statue depicts George Washington.

There are many memorials of note throughout the Patriots Tower and the chapel itself, which would make this post laboriously long, so I will pick my favorites.
George Washington, I share his birth date, 2/22!

These are 3 small windows that make up a larger one. The window was a memorial to a woman whose last name was Clay, but I don't remember anything else!

This is the George Washington Window in the back of the chapel itself. It has 36 scenes depicting his life.

Over the alter is the Martha Washington window, representing service through sacrifice. The scenes on this window are biblical in nature.


James said...

Awesome pictures Martha! I want to see this place for myself.

Intense Guy said...

I'm very impressed with your excellent stained glass photos!


CTG Ponies said...

Beautiful pics! I love Valley Forge Park. We are having our departmental picnic there in 2 weeks.