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

Open-Hearth Cooking: White Meats, Cheese and Dairy

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The grass is green, and the cows are being milked. the cooks will demonstrate 17th century receipts (recipes) using dairy products. This program is included with admission to Pennsbury Manor.…

Battlefield Tour May 19, 2024

May 19 @ 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…

Battlefield Tour Veterans May 19, 2024

May 19 @ 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…

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

May 20 @ 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 Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 PM. This meeting…

HOPEWELL VALLEY HERITAGE WEEK: HOPEWELL’S REVOLUTIONARY WAR BOOKENDS

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This program highlights significant Revolutionary War sites in Hopewell, which were essential to General Washington’s successful recapture of New Jersey from the British. With author David Price: Analyzing the Ten…

FULL MOON BIKE RIDE

May 23 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
2 River Dr United States

Take a guided night time bicycle ride, by the light of the Flower Moon, up the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath toward the Lambertville wing dam (approx. 13 miles round…

Weekly Living History Programs

May 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Join us for a series of Living History programs that we will be conducting in the park on Fridays in April – June, and then Fridays and Saturdays in July…

Musket Firing Demonstrations Begin this Month

May 25 @ 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…

Jazz Concert on the Riverbank 2024

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

The Friends of Washington Crossing Park (PA) and the historic Newtown Theatre are teaming up for a third year to present a free outdoor jazz concert on Saturday, May 25…