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

Tai Chi by the Delaware

June 15 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Come to Tai Chi with our steadfast volunteers and beloved teachers Lisa and Robert, who lead classes for all levels. Wear comfy clothes, no mat required.Find us on River Drive…

Meet Francis Hopkinson

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Stan Saperstein will perform a 45-minute one-man presentation as Francis Hopkinson, New Jersey Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hopkinson, a member of the congressional Marine Committee, claimed that he…

Musket Firing Demonstrations

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Park historians Clay Craighead and Mark Sirak will begin doing Musket firing demonstrations on April 13th at 2pm! Musket demos will occur on most Saturdays (staffing and weather permitting) at…

Guided History Tours of Washington Crossing State Park

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Titusville, NJ United States

Tours begin at the Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum with a tour overview and a screening of the film, “Ten Crucial Days: The Road to Liberty.” Tour guides and state park historians…

Open-Hearth Cooking: 17th Century Puddings

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

Everything hath an end and a pudding has two. Each cook will be demonstrating a different type of 17th century pudding. This program is included with admission to Pennsbury Manor.…

Juneteenth Celebration

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

Pennsbury Manor will be hosting a program in celebration of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of Slavery in the United States. At 1 PM and 3 PM, Douglas Miller will…

June Book Club: Misinformation Nation: Foreign News and the Politics of Truth in Revolutionary America

June 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
PA United States

In partnership with the Friends of Washington Crossing Park the next meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, June 17 at 5:30 PM. This meeting…

Site Closed for Juneteenth

June 19

Trail Stewards Work Day

June 19 @ 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Trail Stewards meet at the Park’s Nature Center under the enthusiastic direction of Park employee Kevin Kavanaugh, clearing trails, removing brush, and constructing water bars and other trail necessities. You…