Valley Creek

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For the small stream in Washington County, see Valley Creek (Minnesota).
Coordinates: 40°06′09″N 75°27′42.4″W / 40.10250°N 75.461778°W / 40.10250; -75.461778
Valley Creek
Creek
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Region Chester County
Tributaries
 - right Little Valley Creek
Mouth Schuylkill River
 - location Valley Forge
 - elevation 59 ft (18 m)
 - coordinates 40°06′09″N 75°27′42.4″W / 40.10250°N 75.461778°W / 40.10250; -75.461778
Basin 23.4 sq mi (61 km2)
Discharge for 40°04′45″N 75°27′40″W / 40.07917°N 75.46111°W / 40.07917; -75.46111
 - average 19 cu ft/s (1 m3/s)
 - max 53 cu ft/s (2 m3/s)
 - min 9.1 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
Location of Valley Creek's Mouth

Valley Creek is a 10.8-mile-long (17.4 km) tributary of the Schuylkill River in eastern Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States, flowing through an area known as the Great Valley.[1]

Around 1740 a forge was erected along Valley Creek near its confluence with the Schuylkill. This gave rise to the community of Valley Forge. Later the creek powered a saw mill and grist mill there. In 1777, the forge and mills were destroyed by the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. In December of 1777, George Washington chose Valley Forge as the site for the winter encampment of the Continental Army partly because Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River formed natural defensive barriers for the rear of the camp. Washington's Headquarters during this period was in a farmhouse close to the confluence. The American forces departed in the spring of 1778.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011

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