What are the “Ten Crucial Days?”     

In December 1776, a mere six months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, General George Washington's fledgling American Army and the cause of liberty were on the verge of being extinguished. A disastrous New York campaign that fall had resulted in the loss of more than half of Washington’s troops, as well as the confidence of Congress and his fellow citizens. Retreating through “the Jerseys” with the remnants of his ragtag Continentals, Washington and his soldiers sought refuge on the west bank of the Delaware River, having narrowly escaped King George III's British troops and their Hessian auxiliaries. Doubling as peace commissioners, British General William Howe and his brother, Royal Navy Admiral Sir Richard Howe, reasoned that further bloodshed was unnecessary. They assumed that the rebellious American soldiers—many of whose enlistments were scheduled to expire at year's end—would no longer be able to offer any significant resistance. Settling into winter quarters, General Howe ordered his regiments to set up a string of cantonments posted through the Jerseys.  

George Washington saw something very different... Taking stock of his army’s desperate situation, the rebel commander-in-chief would launch his forces into a series of victorious engagements, of which British historian Sir George Otto Trevelyan later wrote, “It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with greater and more lasting effects upon the history of the world.” That space of time—December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777—encompassed “Ten Crucial Days” that changed the course of history.

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Upcoming Events

CONSERVATION VIDEO: The Eye of the Leopard

CONSERVATION VIDEO: The Eye of the Leopard

January 25 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

This video features the story of a leopard cub and her mother in Mambo, a flooded river delta inBotswana.

Founding Fathers Videos: A Healthy Constitution

Founding Fathers Videos: A Healthy Constitution

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd United States

The story of our Founding Fathers constructing a constitutionand building a new democratic nation.

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Lecture: “Washingtons Crossing, The Rest of the Story”

February 8
180 West State St
Trenton, NJ

The WCPA Historic Preservation & Education Committee will present their talk, “Washingtons Crossing, The Rest of the Story,” Trenton Contemporary Woman’s Club at offices of NJEA, 180 West State Street, Trenton, NJ.

CONSERVATION VIDEO: In Search of the Jaguar

CONSERVATION VIDEO: In Search of the Jaguar

February 8 @ 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Field biologists struggle with theimportant questions of life as they endeavor to study the elusive jaguar inSouth America and Central America.

THE PALEO AND ARCHAIC INDIANS OF NEW JERSEY

THE PALEO AND ARCHAIC INDIANS OF NEW JERSEY

February 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Jim Wade, former archivist andresearcher with the N.J. State Museum will take participants on a journey backto the time of the last ice age, when the earliest Native American peoplesentered what is now New Jersey. Discover how these Paleo-Indians lived andsurvived in an artic landscape filled with strange, prehistoric fur-coveredanimals, like the wooly mammoth, great…

CONSERVATION VIDEO: Forces of Nature

CONSERVATION VIDEO: Forces of Nature

February 15 @ 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Nature is not always a friendly or benign entity. Thisvideo examines some of the more destructive natural agencies such as earthquakes,volcanoes and storms.

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George Washington’s Birthday Party

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1112 River Rd United States

Bring the whole family to help George Washington celebrate his 288th birthday on Sunday, February 16, from noon to 4 PM at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Admission is free! Various children’s activities will be offered in the park buildings and Visitor Center. At 3 PM, visitors will sing Happy Birthday to George and enjoy cake…

George Washington’s Birthday Celebration

George Washington’s Birthday Celebration

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Featuring music in the parlor by Robin Fickle on the harp and Jim Kurzenberger on the country fiddle. Also featuring “The history of Gingerbread,” with it’s preparation by Susan McLellan Plaisted. Also horn book and quill pen, and wood-working at the shop in the Stone Barn. A good family event. Refreshments served. No fee, but…

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI WORKSHOP

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI WORKSHOP

February 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Inthis workshop, the participants will learn about the different types ofcross-country ski equipment that are available and what to look for inselecting your first pair of skis.  Othertopics will include: how to dress and where to go skiing in New Jersey.  The indoor lesson will last 1 -1 ½ hour.  If the ground is snow…