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

September Book Club Meeting: Ten Crucial Days

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
PA United States
Free

The September meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, September 20 at 5:30 PM. This meeting will be held virtually using Zoom. Registration is required. To register, please visit DCNR’s website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration. Museum curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a discussion of Ten…

Mercer Oak Award 2021

September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
10 Palmer Square
Princeton, 08540 United States

The Princeton Battlefield Society will present the 2021 Mercer Oak Award to Mark & Rachel Herr of Princeton at a Nassau Inn reception on Thursday, September 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.     Michael Russell, president of the Society, praised Mr. & Mrs. Herr “who represent the spirit of this award and of our…

Musket Firing Demonstration

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Join a Park Historian for an interpretive talk about some of the weapons used during the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton. Included will be a musket firing demonstration. Approximately 30-minute program. Park vehicle entrance fee of $5 per vehicle applies…CASH ONLY.

GUIDED HISTORIC EDUCATION WALKING TOUR

September 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd United States

The Historic Preservation and Education Committee of the Washington Crossing Park Association (WCPA) is leading twice-monthly tours of the Park through October 24th.  Tickets are free but must be reserved at EventBrite…CLICK HERE. Stop 1: Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum  Welcome & Tour Overview. View film: “Ten Crucial Days: The Road to Liberty” Swan Historical Foundation…

Battlefield Tour September 26

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Princeton Battlefield State Park and learn more about the Battle of Princeton, a battle that ended the “ten crucial days” of 1776-1777. Walk in the footprints of Washington’s troops and listen to exciting narratives of soldier and civilian experiences. Your tour is led by an approved Historical Interpreter. Following…

Musket Firing Demonstration

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Join a Park Historian for an interpretive talk about some of the weapons used during the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton. Included will be a musket firing demonstration. Approximately 30-minute program. Park vehicle entrance fee of $5 per vehicle applies…CASH ONLY.

Battlefield Tour October 3

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Princeton Battlefield State Park and learn more about the Battle of Princeton, a battle that ended the “ten crucial days” of 1776-1777. Walk in the footprints of Washington’s troops and listen to exciting narratives of soldier and civilian experiences. Your tour is led by an approved Historical Interpreter. Following…

Battlefield Tour October 17

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Princeton Battlefield State Park and learn more about the Battle of Princeton, a battle that ended the “ten crucial days” of 1776-1777. Walk in the footprints of Washington’s troops and listen to exciting narratives of soldier and civilian experiences. Your tour is led by an approved Historical Interpreter. Following…

Musket Firing Demonstration

October 9 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Join a Park Historian for an interpretive talk about some of the weapons used during the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton. Included will be a musket firing demonstration. Approximately 30-minute program. Park vehicle entrance fee of $5 per vehicle applies…CASH ONLY.