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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.

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Upcoming Events

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Annual Peace Vigil

December 31 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
142 East Hanover St.
Trenton, New Jersey United States

  @ –   Join the Trenton Friends Meeting for the Annual Vigil for Peace in the new year. Light refreshments will be served. Free Google Calendar iCal Export Details Date: Time:

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Annual Hogmanay Bonfire at the 1761 Brearley House

December 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
100 Meadow Road
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648 United States
$5

  @ –   (Parking at Princeton Pike Corp. Center, 2000 Lenox Drive N; lighted trail and shuttle bus connection to Brearley House) Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Lawrence Historical Society’s family-oriented Hogmanay Bonfire and open house. The Hogmanay Bonfire will take place in the Great Meadow promptly at 6:00pm. This December 31st is…

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Capital Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey New Year’s Eve Concert

December 31 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
1 Memorial Dr.
Trenton, New Jersey United States
$45 – $75

@ – The Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey’s New Year’s Eve Concert is hosted by WWFM’s David Osenberg. Gather some friends, and join the Capital Philharmonic Orchestra for some fun and uplifting music. Be part of one of Trenton’s most popular and beloved traditions – make it a night to remember! There will be a…

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Colonel Hand Historic March

January 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
2207 Lawrence Road
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648 United States
free

Celebrate the 58th annual commemoration of Colonel Edward Hand’s Delaying Actions on the Maidenhead – Trenton Road on January 2nd, 1777, part of the Ten Crucial Days and the prelude to the Battles of Assunpink Creek and Princeton. Enjoy a historical program inside the Municipal Center followed by a musket firing from the front steps.…

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January Book Club Meeting: The Men Who Lost America

January 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
1112 River Rd United States

The January meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Thursday, January 23, at 5:30 PM in the Visitor Center. In this meeting, museum curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a discussion of the The Men Who Lost America by Andrew O’Shaughnessy. Participants should be prepared to discuss Chapters Two and Three.…

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Lecture: “Washingtons Crossing, The Rest of the Story”

February 8, 2020
180 West State St
Trenton, NJ

The WCPA Historic Preservation & Education Committee will present their talk, “Washingtons Crossing, The Rest of the Story,” Trenton Contemporary Woman’s Club at offices of NJEA, 180 West State Street, Trenton, NJ.

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February Book Club Meeting: The Men Who Lost America

February 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
1112 River Rd United States

The February meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Thursday, February 20, at 5:30 PM in the Visitor Center. In this meeting, museum curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a discussion of the The Men Who Lost America by Andrew O’Shaughnessy. Participants should be prepared to discuss Chapters Four and Five.…

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George Washington Birthday Educational Forum Featuring David O Stewart

February 21, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
1200 Old Trenton Rd
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 United States

Historian and author, David O. Stewart, will be our featured speaker at our February 21 Washington Birthday Educational Forum at the Mercer County Community College’s Conference Center.  The program will start at 6:30 pm and will end with a birthday cake and a “Happy Birthday to You” to George Washington. (Information and details will appear…