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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CANCELED: Lecture on “The Property of the Nation”

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1112 River Rd United States

Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, all public events, programs and tours at Washington Crossing Historic Park and all other Pennsylvania state parks have been canceled, effective immediately and lasting through April 30. — Dr. Matthew Costello, senior historian of the White House Historical Association, will visit Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA). The…

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CANCELED: April Book Club Meeting

April 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
1112 River Rd United States

Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, all public events, programs and tours at Washington Crossing Historic Park and all other Pennsylvania state parks have been canceled, effective immediately and lasting through April 30. Museum curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a virtual Zoom discussion of the The Men Who Lost America by Andrew O’Shaughnessy.…

POSTPONED – Lecture: Cole Jones on “The Problem of Prisoners of War in the 
American Revolution”

POSTPONED – Lecture: Cole Jones on “The Problem of Prisoners of War in the American Revolution”

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
2 Barrack St United States

This event has been POSTPONED – the new date will be announced as soon as possible. The Old Barracks is pleased to host lectures and discussions by leading historians and authors on a variety of subjects sponsored by the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey. Lectures are free to…

POSTPONED – Lecture: Eric Schnitzer on “Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga 
– 1777 “

POSTPONED – Lecture: Eric Schnitzer on “Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga – 1777 “

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
2 Barrack St United States

This event has been POSTPONED – the new date will be announced as soon as possible. The Old Barracks is pleased to host lectures and discussions by leading historians and authors on a variety of subjects sponsored by the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey. Lectures are free to…

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CANCELED: Wheat & Sheep Day

April 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1638 River Rd United States

Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, all public events, programs and tours at Washington Crossing Historic Park and all other Pennsylvania state parks have been canceled, effective immediately and lasting through April 30. — Roll up your sleeves and experience life on a colonial-era farmstead! At this family-friendly event, watch as the Thompson-Neely…

Lecture: Catherine Kerrison on “Jefferson’s Daughters”

Lecture: Catherine Kerrison on “Jefferson’s Daughters”

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
2 Barrack St United States

The Old Barracks is pleased to host lectures and discussions by leading historians and authors on a variety of subjects sponsored by the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey. Lectures are free to attend, and pre-orders for books are encouraged. Pre-orders available soon. Join the Old Barracks Museum on…

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Spirit of America’s Story: The Wall

May 2 - May 9
1112 River Rd United States

Washington Crossing Historic Park will host host The Spirit of America’s Story, a traveling memorial exhibit commemorating the United States Armed Forces and the fight for freedom—from 1775 through today. This exhibit will remain in the park’s Visitor Center from May 2-9, with viewing hours from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free, and…

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CANCELED: Washington Crossing Spring Brewfest

May 2 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1638 River Rd United States

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the May 2 Washington Crossing Spring Brewfest has been canceled. If you purchased tickets for the Spring Brewfest, please check your inbox for a message about how we’re handling refunds. This was to be our 10th annual Spring Brewfest, and we’re as disappointed as you are with its cancellation.…

May Tea

May Tea

May 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
2 Barrack St United States

May Tea Fundraiser Join us for a Sunday Afternoon Tea Sunday, May 3 11 am & 2 pm Reservations Required This semi-formal tea service will include a variety of teas, finger sandwiches, and pastries. There will be a silent auction to give you the opportunity to bring home a prize and further your support of…