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

Trail Stewards Work Day

March 2 @ 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Trail Stewards meet at the Park’s Nature Center under the enthusiastic direction of Park employee Kevin Kavanaugh, clearing trails, removing brush, and constructing water bars and other trail necessities. You…

Trail Stewards Work Day

March 6 @ 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Trail Stewards meet at the Park’s Nature Center under the enthusiastic direction of Park employee Kevin Kavanaugh, clearing trails, removing brush, and constructing water bars and other trail necessities. You…

Charter Day

March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 Join us in celebrating Pennsylvania’s birthday at the home of its founder, William Penn! Take a tour of the exquisitely decorated Manor House, observe colonial craftspeople as they demonstrate the…

Lecture – “Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America”

March 10 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
PA United States

This is a hybrid event.  Visitors may attend in-person in the Visitor Center Auditorium or virtually on Zoom.  In the event of inclement weather, this will be a virtual-only event. …

WCPA Board of Trustees Meeting

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March Book Club: Noble Volunteers: The British Soldiers Who Fought the American Revolution

March 18 @ 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 Monday, March 18 at 5:30 PM. This…

Spring Arts: Pennsbury Portraits

March 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Art for all skill levels. take a tour of the 17th century portraits in the Manor, then try your hand at drawing with a live model in 17th century clothing.…

Site Closed – Easter Sunday

March 31

April Fools Tour

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In the spirit of the day join the staff as we tell fun stories that may or not be true! Reservations are required. Tours offered at 12pm and 3:30pm.