Montgomery County is rich in history and natural beauty. Among many historical sights is the Hope Lodge (1743), an excellent specimen of early Georgian architecture now filled with antique art and 18th and 19th century American furnishings, and Mather Mill (1820), a renovated grist mill where exhibits, concerts and special programs are held year-round.

Other historic sites in the county that offer visitors a taste of early American domestic life, crafts and attractive grounds and woodlands include the Peter Wentz Farmstead (1758) in Worcester, Pennypacker Mills (an 18th century colonial mansion) in Schwenksville, and Pottsgrove Manor, home of ironmaster John Potts, founder of Pottstown.

The most impressive and inspiring site in the county just might be Valley Forge National Historical Park, a 3,500-acre preserve commemorating the six month winter encampment of Gen. George Washington and his fledgling Continental Army. You can take the 10 mile self-guided tour to Washington's original headquarters, reconstructed soldier huts, and fortifications, or enjoy the six-mile recreational trail that is popular with hikers, bikers, and joggers.

A few miles from Valley Forge in Lower Providence Township is a nature lover's paradise - the 175-acre Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, which also contains Mill Grove, a charming museum which served as the first American home of artist and naturalist John James Audubon.

The most outstanding religious structures in Montgomery County are Bryn Athyn Cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic architecture in North America, boasting English, Gothic and Romanesque elements, and Jenkintown's Beth Sholom, a Jewish synagogue created and built by Frank Lloyd Wright, whose inspiration was Native America.

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