Experience the Ten Crucial Days with a tour of the Ten Crucial Days Historic Area

Traversing the Ten Crucial Days  Bus Tours​ 2023 / 2024

The eight-hour tour begins and ends at Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977

  • Saturday,  December 7, 2024
  • Friday, December 27, 2024
  • Saturday, January 4, 2025

For more details, Contact Washington Crossing Historic Park at 215-493-4076 or email Katherine Manning at 

The Traversing the Ten Crucial Days Bus Tour begins at Washington Crossing, PA. From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, you will retrace the “…times that tried men’s souls.” From the 25 December 1776 crossing of the Delaware through to the Battle of Princeton, 3 January 1777.  You will learn about the military engagements between the remaining rag-tag elements of George Washington’s army against Hessian and British troops at Trenton, Princeton, and areas in between. Historical Interpreters will tell the remarkable stories of these ten days that breathed crucial new life into the apparently expiring American Revolution. The events are discussed in the context of the local, strategically important, central Jersey towns, villages, and farms; occupied by families with diverse backgrounds; practicing varied religions such as Quakers, Presbyterians, and Anglicans, and holding complex views on loyalty to the Revolution or the King. Hear how the terrain, weaponry, and weather influenced the ways the battles were fought and how the lives of the local people were disrupted by them. See where armies marched, fought, and struggled to survive on an otherwise peaceful landscape, while the course of human history hung in the balance.

Historical Interpreters: Tours are led by Larry Kidder, author of CROSSROADS OF THE REVOLUTION: Trenton 1774 – 1783 and A PEOPLE HARASSED AND EXHAUSTED: The First Hunterdon County Militia and TEN CRUCIAL DAYS: Washington's Vision for Victory Unfolds, and Roger S. Williams; State Historian, New Jersey Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Co-Founder of, a member of the Society of Military History, the Company of Military Historians, and Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.  Kidder and Williams are joined at each venue by the interpretive staff.

Cost: $145 per person, including bus fare, lunch, and donations to selected tour sites. Limit: 36 Guests.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to officially recognized friends’ groups of the venues of the Ten Crucial Days Campaign.

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