The history of Valley Forge with the amenities of a modern country club.
For months, I've longed to see the Philander Chase Knox Estate, a Robert Ryan Catering event venue nestled in Valley Forge National Park. A few years back I had the opportunity to dig (archaeology) in Valley Forge on the opposite side of the park where the Muhlenberg Brigade huts are located, and so it was a real treat to be able to visit this particular venue, on grounds where I have a personal connection and interest in the history.
Though it is winter and the aftermath of a blizzard, I was still in awe as I drove up to the sprawling Estate that actually borders both Chester and Montgomery Counties. When I walked around inside, it truly felt like someone's home - it was comfortable, quiet and had a lived-in feel to it, but with obvious (and beautiful) renovations.
On-Site Ceremony?: Yes. In fair weather, there is a grassy knoll where couples can exchange vows (this year they are anticipating over 300 wildflowers to bloom as a backdrop!). In inclement weather, the tent is utilized.
Catering?: The venue is catered by Robert Ryan Catering & Design.
Available Spaces?: The Philander Chase Knox Estate offers a variety of options for guests to utilize (depending the event); however, for weddings it is most common to use the bridal AND bridal party suites, patio/foyer for cocktail hour, grassy knoll for ceremony and the tent (up to 200 guests!) for reception.
Event Types?: Large corporate events and weddings
Getting Ready On-Site?: Yes. There is a bridal suite as well as a separate suite for bridesmaids, equipped with plenty of mirrors and restrooms.
Vibe: Historic/Rustic/Classic. I image that getting married here would feel like you are celebrating at a family member's estate.
Perks: There is no shortage of photo opportunities at this venue. Guests can use the building itself, the grounds (including an elegant water feature) and even a greenhouse just a short walk up the hill!