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.

Do something revolutionary! Experience the “Ten Crucial Days.”

Upcoming Events

Trail Stewards Work Day

March 25 @ 8:45 am - 12:30 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

We will be meeting at the Nature Center to fill out Volunteer Application Forms. The Stewards will be spreading stone and wood chips onto the blue-dot trail. If we are unable to…

April Fools Tour

April 1 @ 12:00 pm

In the spirit of the day join the staff as we tell fun stories that may or not be true! Reservations are required.

April Fools Tour

April 1 @ 3:30 pm

In the spirit of the day join the staff as we tell fun stories that may or not be true! Reservations are required.

Historic Trade Demonstrations

April 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come and witness some of the trades and crafts that were done at Pennsbury Manor during the 17th Century. Our blacksmiths, joyners and spinners will be eager to talk to…

Homeschool Day

April 4 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Designed with family learning in mind, Homeschool Day offers interactive and hands-on activities for learners of all ages.  Advance registration is preferred. Admission is $9 per person (age 4+), with…

SAR Saturday Book Talk Breakfast@Maidenhead

April 8 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Princeton Chapter, New Jersey Society, Sons of the American Revolution ‘Bring Your Own Breakfast’ Gathering Saturday, April 8th, 8:30 to 10:30 AM Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville Chapel  2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (click…

Site Closed – Easter

April 9

Nathan Young Exhibit Opening

April 15

nkwiluntamen: I Long for It, experience this sound art installation by Delaware Tribe member Nathan Young. Inspired by the Delaware saying, “Our songs come from the wind”, Young’s work fosters…

Author’s Congress

April 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Authors, historians, and eighteenth-century enthusiasts unite on the 240th anniversary of the end of the American Revolution for a blended conference of literary celebration and scholarly discussion about this complex…