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- The 300-square foot war headquarters will be displayed in a climate-control case and will be featured in its own dedicated theater where guests can experience a multi-media presentation
- The historic artifact is believed to date back to 1778 and will be displayed publicly for the first time in decades
The Museum of the American Revolution is gearing up to open its doors to the public this spring and will debut one of its most fascinating displays: George Washington's war tent.
The historic artifact, which is believed to date back to 1778 while the general was camping at Valley Forge, has been carefully preserved since the deaths of George and Martha Washington.
The canvas tent has been dubbed 'the first Oval Office' because it served as the field command center where Washington slept, but also used during important battles such as the 1781 Siege of Yorktown, the last major battle of the war.
The historic artifact is believed to date back to 1778 and was eventually purchased in 1909 by Reverend W. Herbert Burk, who dreamed of creating a museum that told the story of the nation's founding
The tent was used during important battles such as the 1781 Siege of Yorktown, the last major battle of the war. Above General George Washington in seen giving last orders for the attack outside of the tent
Conservators at the future home of the Museum of the American Revolution place on a support a replica of George Washington's headquarters tent used during the Revolutionary War, before they could pitch the real one
The exhibit's opening will mark the first time in decades that the tent will be displayed publicly. The centuries-old artifact was purchased in 1909 by an Episcopal priest in Valley Forge, Reverend W. Herbert Burk from Mary Custis Lee, daughter of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Burk's idea was to creating a museum to tell the story of our nation's founding in hopes of restoring Washington's significance into the American people, according to the Museum of the American Revolution.
The Museum of the American Revolution eventually acquired the collection from the Valley Forge Foundation which is now the basis of the museum.
The museum will feature recreated historical scenes such as this one with the general on the left and the gilded statue of King George III in the background
A pair of baby booties, made from the pilfered coat of a British footsoldier, which belong to Sgt. James Davenport, a Massachusetts native who lost two brothers in the fight for independence
English holster pistols carried by Brigadier General Peter Muhlenberg during the American Revolution are rearranged in a storage box
Other display items will include works of art such as portraits of French, British, and American participants in the Revolution
The 300-square foot war tent will be displayed in a climate control case and will be featured in its own dedicated theater where guests can experience a multi-media presentation.
But officials at the new museum said pitching the historic tent was quite the challenge.
'The process to conserve and display this three-dimensional textile was one of the most complex and complicated preservation projects in generations, involving structural engineers, historians, tailors, conservationists, curators and others over the course of several years,' said Vice President of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programming for the Museum of the American Revolution.
The tent was draped over an umbrella-like structure built by structural engineers, but before that, a team of tradespeople from Colonial Williamsburg created a replica tent to test it out.
Museum officials said pitching the tent took a total of four days to install. The exhibit will also display a slew of other key artifacts such as items owned or used by George and Martha Washington, works of art, and printed works and manuscripts.
Washington's original silver camp cups will be on display as well as a pair of English holster pistols. A terracotta bust of America's first president made by William Rush in 1817 will be showcased.
The Museum of the American Revolution, will open in the heart of historic Philadelphia on April 19, 2017.
A terracotta and plaster bust of George Washington, made by William Rush in 1817 pictured left and a silver camp cup used to serve wine to aides and guests at the General’s table
Brooklyn battlefield: The embossed brass caps were worn by Hessian soldiers who assault American defensive positions in a battle ground that is now Brooklyn Heights
Success to the Triphena: The punch bowls on the right are replicas of the bowls shown left that feature a picture of the brigantine ship Triphena. The ship sailed between Liverpool and Philadelphia
Stephen W. Armstrong, President of the St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia holds a sword that belonged to General Hugh Mercer at the Museum of the American Revolution
A massive 14' x 17', mid-19th century copy of Auguste Couder's The Siege of Yorktown is hung in the second floor atrium as the museum prepares for its spring opening
The museum, which is set to open on April 19, is pictured here in October during construction