The old train station still stands, and is used as a small introductory museum to greet visitors before they wander to Washington's Headquarters.
|Teapots! I thought so.|
|An army that runs on tea?|
This is what fascinates me about this period in US history. There must have existed a strange dichotomy between the past and the future, between trying to shake off the perceived tyranny of the British government and clinging to the cultural hangovers of their former country. Between 'British' and 'not-British'. There was not, as yet, American culture.
Having come from Britain to America myself, I can choose to assimilate to US culture, or maintain my British culture, or do a combination of both. Washington and his contemporaries had to choose to maintain their British culture, or create a whole new culture, or a mixture of both. True cultural pioneers.
Pennsylvania is the Keystone State: The bridge between the North - comprising New England - and the South. If you look closely, you notice it's both Northern and Southern culturally. And that makes it a very interesting place to be.
|A British cannon?|
Some visitors to Valley Forge wear their American pride on their chests: T-shirts of Eagles and the Stars n Stripes, and Valley Forge memorabilia. I like to try to keep my Britishness under wraps when I'm there (but don't always succeed, if you recall).
So even I was a little surprised when I saw this:
|A fashion shoot at Valley Forge? Union Jack clothing?|
"Is she wearing the British Flag - at Valley Forge?"