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New Special Exhibition

The Museum's newest special exhibition, Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent, is now open through Jan. 5, 2025.

A recreated of an end of Washington's tent displayed with his camp bed and additional camp items.

"... the crown jewel in the collection [...] oh, the stories it could tell."

Our special exhibition, Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington’s Tent, greatly expands the story told in the Museum’s award-winning film and brings to life the stories of individuals from all walks of life who saved George Washington’s tent from being lost over the generations and who ultimately fashioned this relic into a symbol of the fragile American republic. It brings together, in many cases for the first time, inspiring works of art, rare documents, and significant historical objects from public and private collections across the United States.

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The Real Tent

General George Washington’s Revolutionary War Tent, his office and sleeping quarters, served as the mobile command center for the Continental Army. The tent was present at the scene of many pivotal moments, including the 1781 Siege of Yorktown, the last major land battle of the Revolutionary War. 

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Washington's War Tent

General George Washington's original sleeping and office tent from the Revolutionary War is on permanent display in the Museum's Alan B. Miller Theater. Reverend W. Herbert Burk’s Valley Forge Historical Society, the predecessor organization of the Museum, served as the longtime steward of Washington’s tent after he purchased it in 1909.

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A recreated of an end of Washington's tent displayed with his camp bed and additional camp items.
 

Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent

Now Open Through January 5, 2025
Witness to Revolution, now open through Jan. 5, 2025, brings to life the journey of George Washington’s tent from the Revolutionary War to an enduring symbol of the American republic.
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Washington's War Tent Film

Daily Showings

Follow the remarkable journey of General George Washington's headquarters tent from the Revolutionary War to the present in the Museum's signature Washington's War Tent film, highlighted by the reveal of the real tent. Watch a preview of the full Wasington's War Tent film, which is produced by Donna Lawrence Productions and airs daily in the Alan B. Miller Theater (second floor) at the Museum.

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Online Exhibit

Among His Troops

Explore the online exhibit inspired by French-born Continental Army engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant's 1782 watercolor painting depicting the encampment at Verplanck's Point, New York, which includes the only known wartime image of General George Washington's headquarters tent. The online exhibit was adapted from the Museum's 2018 exhibition of the same name.

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Among His Troops: Washington's War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor

January 13 - February 19, 2018
Learn more about the Museum's 2018 special exhibit, Among His Troops, highlighted by the only known wartime depiction of George Washington's headquarters tent.
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A zoomed in section of Verplanck's Point featuring a view of the anchor-decorated colonnade of the Rhode Island Regiment
 
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Picturing Washington's Army

Explore rare watercolor paintings by army engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant of the Continental Army encampments at West Point and Verplanck's Point, including the only known wartime eyewitness image of General George Washington's tent discovered by Museum curators in 2017.

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The Replica Tents

The hand-stitched replica of General George Washington's field headquarters provides opportunities for interactive education and outreach programs with associated replica tents, camp equipage, and furnishings and fosters an immersive experience to learn how the tent was used during the Revolutionary War.

Staff members from the Museum of the American Revolution and Colonial Williamsburg work on sewing the Museum's replica of George Washington's headquarters tent
 
Making the Replica

First Oval Office Project

Take a closer look at the Museum's ongoing project, which began with 2013 partnership with the Historic Trades Department at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia to reproduce and use full-scale replicas of Washington's tents and camp equipage.

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Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour of Washington's Field Headquarters

Explore the Museum's handsewn, full-scale replicas of General George Washington's Revolutionary War sleeping, dining, and baggage tents through 360-degree images in our Virtual Tour of Washington's Field Headquarters.
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More from the Collection

In addition to Washington's War Tent, the Museum's collection is home to artifacts related to the tent, like Washington's camp cups and headquarters flag, as well as a watercolor painting of Verplanck's Point featuring the only known wartime depiction of Washington's tent.

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George Washington's Camp Cups

These cups, with later commemorative inscriptions, are part of a set of twelve that descended in the Washington family and are said to have been owned and used by George Washington during the war.

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Washington's Headquarters Flag

Believed to be the earliest surviving 13-star American flag, also known as a standard because of its modest size, is said to have marked General Washington's presence throughout much of the war.

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Verplanck's Point watercolor
 

Panoramic View of Verplanck’s Point

This seven-foot-long panoramic watercolor by Pierre Charles L'Enfant includes the only known eyewitness depiction of George Washington’s headquarters tent during the Revolutionary War.
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