It's no doubt a coincidence, but just days after the National Trust for Historic Preservation suggested the National Park Service lease out some of its historic structures as a way to preserve them, Valley Forge National Historical Park officials are trying to do just that.
Park officials are offering both the Philander Chase Knox house and grounds as well as the Kennedy Supplee mansion for lease.
The Philander Chase Knox house is located on Yellow Springs Road near the intersection of State Route 252, and the park is offering a five-year lease to use the building and grounds as a private event venue.
The Kennedy Supplee mansion is located on State Route 23 and is being offered for a commercial use approved by the Park Service for a term of 10 to 50 years. The length of the lease term for the Kennedy Supplee mansion will be dependent upon the level of investment proposed by the offeror, the Park Service said.
The Request for Proposals on the two leases can be found on the park's website.
Each RFP provides the opportunity for an interested individual or organization to submit a proposal to the National Park Service to lease one of these two properties. Whoever submits the proposal for each property, judged best under the RFP selection criteria, will be given an opportunity to negotiate a final lease agreeable to both the offeror and the National Park Service.