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

FAMILY NATURE WALK

FAMILY NATURE WALK

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for an informalnaturalist-guided trail walk. Advanced registration required. Park vehicleentrance fee; $5.00 per car. OnlineRSVPs will not be accepted for this event so that we can manage socialdistancing. Please call the Nature Center @ (609) 737-0609 to register.Face coverings required.

POND STUDY

POND STUDY

August 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

POND STUDY  (5 yrs. –12 yrs.) Sunday August 9, 1:30 -3:00 p.m.  Kids will use pond nets tocollect and examine the various organisms that inhabit our pond.  Meet at the pond by the park service entranceoff of Church Road in Titusville. Advanced registration required. Free. Online RSVPs will not be accepted for this event so that…

GOAT HILL OVERLOOK HIKE

GOAT HILL OVERLOOK HIKE

August 16 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

GOAT HILL OVERLOOK HIKE (8 yrs. – adult) Sunday August16, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Goat Hill Overlook is an outlier of Washing- tonCrossing State Park. The 213 acre tract sits on a bluff overlooking theDelaware River in W. Amwell Twp. and boasts commanding views of the DelawareValley including portions of Lambertville, New Hope and areas…

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August Book Club Meeting: The Disaffected

August 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Washington Crossing, PA United States

The August meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, August 17, at 5:30 PM in the Visitor Center. Museum curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a discussion of The Disaffected: Britain’s Occupation of Philadelphia During the American Revolution by Aaron Sullivan. Participants should be prepared to discuss “Interlude: Elizabeth Drinker…

FAMILY NATURE WALK

FAMILY NATURE WALK

August 23 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for an informalnaturalist-guided trail walk. Advanced registration required. Park vehicleentrance fee; $5.00 per car. OnlineRSVPs will not be accepted for this event so that we can manage socialdistancing. Please call the Nature Center @ (609) 737-0609 to register.Face coverings required.

FAMILY NATURE WALK

FAMILY NATURE WALK

August 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for an informalnaturalist-guided trail walk. Advanced registration required. Park vehicleentrance fee; $5.00 per car. OnlineRSVPs will not be accepted for this event so that we can manage socialdistancing. Please call the Nature Center @ (609) 737-0609 to register.Face coverings required.

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Curator Tour: McConkey’s Ferry Inn

August 30 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Washington Crossing, PA United States

Peek into the Revolutionary War era on a free guided tour of McConkey’s Ferry Inn in the Historic Village on Sunday, August 30 at 1:30 PM. Park curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a guided tour of the building. From McConkey’s Ferry on December 25, 1776, hours before the crossing, Washington wrote to Colonel Cadwalader: “I am…

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Live Demonstration at the Thompson-Neely Grist Mill

August 30 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Princeton, WV 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, August 30, 2 PM Sunday, September 27, 2 PM Sunday, October 25, 2 PM The mill is located…

Tavern Night

Tavern Night

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tavern Night Friday, September 11, 2020 7pm – 10pm Tickets available June 2020! The Old Barracks Tavern Night is a celebration of 18th Century Colonial American History. Enjoy savory hors-d’oeuvres and an open beer and wine bar while immersing yourself in an 18th century tavern. Share drinks, play card games and gamble with wooden nickels,…