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Population: 3,680 (2000 census)
During the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolutionary War, George Washington and the Continental Army were encamped here after their October 4, 1777 defeat at the Battle of Germantown, and immediately prior to their march to Valley Forge. From December 5 - December 8, 1777, the Battle of White Marsh was fought here between British and American forces. Throughout the encampment, Washington was headquartered at the Emlen House, built by Quaker George Emlen in 1745. British commander General William Howe observed the American lines from the belltower of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church (at Bethlehem Pike and Camp Hill Road), site of the British encampment on December 5. Today, Fort Washington State Park contains the area in which the primary American defenses were situated.
Fort Washington is conveniently close to the Philadelphia International Airport. Rental cars, SEPTA, and the Regional Rail (R5) are available to take to this location. Fort Washington has a Regional Rail and SEPTA stop. The Regional Rail (R5) also runs through Center City with connecting trains from New York and New Jersey.