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.”

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Upcoming Events

Storytime in the Garden

June 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Looking for something to do with your little ones this summer? Join us Thursday mornings 10am-11am in the garden for story time with our gardener, Jessye. Stay after and explore the garden, visit the farm animals, or have a snack by the river. Suggested ages 4-8 but all are welcome. Admission is the $3 Grounds…

Thursday Hike

June 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Meet at the Nature Center for a family-paced hike on the park’strails. Please dress in layers with proper footwear for walking on wet, muddy trails. The group sets the pace and distance, so you will likely be able to keep up comfortably. Please bring a water bottle and trekking poles (if you have them).  Leave a…

Tai Chi by the River

July 2 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
2 River Dr United States

Tai Chi with our steadfast volunteers and beloved teachers Lisa and Robert! They’ll be leading classes by the River for all levels on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Wear comfy clothes, no mat required. Find us on River Drive in the lower park, in front of the main parking lot. There is no…

Independence Day Celebration – Colonial Field Day

July 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Round up your family or friends for a spirited colonial competition at Colonial Field Day on Saturday July 2 10:00-11:30 from 1:00-2:30. Try your hand at playing some popular games from the 18th century, including cup and ball, Jacob’s Ladder, hoop and stick, and more! The winning family will receive a family membership to the…

Musket Firing Demonstration

July 2 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Musket FiringDemonstration – Demonstration includesa history of Washington’s Crossing, explanation of battle tactics, overview ofhow the musket functions and finishes with a firing of the musket. Firing willtake place outside of the Visitor Center Museum every Saturday at 2pm!Cost of presentation is $1. Weather permitting.

Yoga by the River

July 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
2 River Dr United States

Yoga in the Lower Park, led by Titusville yogi and Park lover Christa Eastgate. Bring a mat and your preferred props, and wear comfortable clothes. Find us on River Drive in the lower park, in front of the main parking lot near the Nelson House. There is no entry fee in the lower park but…

Independence Day Celebration – Rebels and Redcoats Classic Car Show

July 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

As part of its annual Independence Day celebration, Washington Crossing Historic Park invites classic car owners to compete in the fourth annual Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show on Sunday, July 3, 2022 from 10 AM to 3 PM. This unique show features American, French, British and German cars, representing the four countries involved in…

Historic Trades

July 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Historic Trades | 1:00-4:00pm  Our historic trades demonstrators will be eager to talk as they showcase their skills! 

Yoga by the River

July 3 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
2 River Dr United States

Yoga in the Lower Park, led by Titusville yogi and Park lover Christa Eastgate. Bring a mat and your preferred props, and wear comfortable clothes. Find us on River Drive in the lower park, in front of the main parking lot near the Nelson House. There is no entry fee in the lower park but…