Richard Bollinger
Winter Quarters

Winter Quarters  by Richard Bollinger

Winter Quarters
A Limited Edition Print
by artist Richard Bollinger

© 1999       32" x 16"

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A light snow fell as nearly 12,000 men, under the command of General George Washington, trudged up Gulph Road to the rolling farm land designated only days before as "Winter Quarters." Ragged, weary, and discouraged soldiers from all over the Colonies arrived at Valley Forge on December 19, 1777 to begin their winter encampment.

With limited tools, they began to erect crude log huts - which would be their home during the long, hard winter.

While officers as well as unlisted moved into these primitive dwellings, higher ranking officers sought refuge and located their operations in some of the local farm houses.

This winter landscape captures the late evening sky as it comes to rest on one of these historic homes. Painted just as it appears today, this early 18th century home was settled and occupied by the Stephens family for generations. But during the infamous winter of 1777 it would serve General James Varnum as his "Winter Quarters."  

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