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

English Gown Workshop

English Gown Workshop

May 30 @ 9:00 am - May 31 @ 3:00 pm
2 Barrack St United States

English Gown Sewing Workshop – Intermediate Level with Kitty Calash (Kirsten Hammerstrom) Saturday, May 30 & Sunday, May 31 Reservations Required Max: 8 Participants Light breakfast and boxed lunch are included in registration fee. For registration & details:https://www.barracks.org/gown_workshop.html

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CANCELED: Lecture and Garden Tour: Fever and Sickness in the Continental Army

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
1112 River Rd United States

This event has been canceled.   Historian Kim Burdick will present a free lecture discussing the dangers of the rampant spread of disease in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The most dangerous place for a soldier during the war was not the battlefield. Living in close quarters with hundreds of other soldiers, the…

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CANCELED: Live Demonstration at the Thompson-Neely Grist Mill

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
1638 River Rd United States

This event has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.   See the Thompson-Neely Grist Mill in action during a live milling demonstration. You’ll learn how 19th century techniques and tools would have been used by a miller as part of the Thompson-Neely Farmstead. Future demonstrations are scheduled for: Sunday, May 31, 2 PM Sunday, June…

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CANCELED: Curator Tour on “Soldier Health in Revolutionary PA”

June 14 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
1112 River Rd United States

This event has been canceled.   Join Washington Crossing Historic Park curator Kimberly McCarty for a free gallery tour of the Visitor Center exhibit, Soldier Health in Revolutionary Pennsylvania. The exhibit illustrates the greatest danger that soldiers faced during the Revolutionary War: disease. In the 18th century, very little was known about preventing the spread of…

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June Book Club Meeting: The Disaffected

June 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
1112 River Rd United States

The June meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, June 15, at 5:30 PM. In this meeting, museum curator Kimberly McCarty will begin discussion of the book club’s next selection, The Disaffected: Britain’s Occupation of Philadelphia During the American Revolution by Aaron Sullivan. Participants should be prepared to discuss…

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Live Demonstration at the Thompson-Neely Grist Mill

June 28 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fairview, TN United States

See the Thompson-Neely Grist Mill in action during a live milling demonstration. You’ll learn how 19th century techniques and tools would have been used by a miller as part of the Thompson-Neely Farmstead. Demonstrations are scheduled for: Sunday, June 28, 2 PM Sunday, July 26, 2 PM Sunday, August 30, 2 PM Sunday, September 27, 2…

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Independence Day Celebration: Colonial Field Day and Free Tours

July 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Washington Crossing, PA United States

Colonial Field Day Round up your family or friends for a morning of spirited colonial competition! At Colonial Field Day on Friday, July 3 at 10 AM, you’ll be pitted against other groups in some of the most popular games and activities from the 18th century. This event is free, but registration is required by…

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Independence Day Celebration: Living History Day

July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Washington Crossing, PA United States

Celebrate Independence Day by bringing the whole family back in time—to July 4, 1776! At Washington Crossing Historic Park, you can watch living historians demonstrate their crafts, tour the buildings in the Historic Village, and see a military encampment from noon to 4 PM on Saturday, July 4, 2020. A highlight of the day will…

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Independence Day Celebration: Rebels & Redcoats Car Show

July 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Washington Crossing, PA United States

Event Details As part of its annual Independence Day celebration, Washington Crossing Historic Park invites classic car owners to compete in the third annual Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show on Sunday, July 5, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This unique show features only American, French, British and German cars, representing the four…