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

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July Book Club Meeting: The Disaffected

July 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Washington Crossing, PA United States

The July meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, July 20, at 5:30 PM in the Visitor Center. Museum curator Kimberly McCarty lead a discussion of The Disaffected: Britain’s Occupation of Philadelphia During the American Revolution by Aaron Sullivan. Participants should be prepared to discuss Chapters Three and Four.…

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History Author Talks – July 21, 2020

July 21

YOU ARE INVITED!     The Princeton Battlefield Society invites you to the July 21 st program of HistoryAuthorTalks.com, “Pandemics in British America and Revolutionary Healing.” The one-hour program will feature Elizabeth Fenn and Stephen Coss, with Christian DiSpigna as guest host. Elizabeth Fenn, “Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82” Stephen Coss, “The…

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Wine on the Waterfront

July 25 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Washington Crossing, PA United States

  Wine on the Waterfront returns to the banks of the Delaware River in Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Saturday, July 25 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. The event will feature gourmet food, live jazz music, and one-ounce tastes of dozens of wines from a number of Pennsylvania wineries, including: Bishop Estate Vineyard and…

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Live Demonstration at the Thompson-Neely Grist Mill

July 26 @ 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, July 26, 2 PM Sunday, August 30, 2 PM Sunday, September 27, 2 PM Sunday, October 25, 2…

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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…

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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,…

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Mercer Oak Award 2020

September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Board of Trustees of the Princeton Battlefield Society invites you to the 2020 Mercer Oak Award Reception honoring Mark and Rachel Herr on Thursday, September 24, from 6:30-8:30 PM at The Nassau Inn, Princeton. Mr. & Mrs. Herr are receiving this honor in recognition of their dedication to the history and meaning of the…