Don't be surprised if George Washington returns to Valley Forge next week. A grassroots group is planning a rally for May 15 to protest plans to develop a portion of 78 acres of rolling land pressed on three sides by Valley Forge National Historical Park. Part of the protest will feature "re-enactors in period costumes."
According to a release announcing the event, "local residents will rally to show their opposition to and increase awareness of the American Revolution Center’s plans to build an over-sized commercial complex within Valley Forge."
"Valley Forge National Historical Park’s historic landscape is imminently threatened by an ill-considered development proposal on private land in the park," adds the release. "The American Revolution Center proposes building a commercialized museum complex, including a hotel and conference center, which will have a detrimental impact on the park. Valley Forge is not only an important part of Lower Providence Township, but also a national icon that must be protected."
As the release indicates, some folks believe the American Revolution Center's planned development is grandiose and will jeopardize the setting and possibly impact historically significant land that was utilized by General George Washington's troops.
The rally is scheduled to run from noon to 1 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. For more information, check out this site.