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

Historic Trade Demonstrations

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come and witness some of the trades and crafts practiced at Pennsbury Manor during the 17th century. Our blacksmiths, joyners, and spinners will be eager to talk to you about…

Living History Theater

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

See the dramatization of a Burlington court case involving the beating of a female enslaved person. Listen to the conflicting opinions Quakers had in the 17th century. This program is…

Lecture – “The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs”

April 14 @ 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. …

April Book Club: Misinformation Nation: Foreign News and the Politics of Truth in Revolutionary Pennsylvania

April 15 @ 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, April 15 at 5:30 PM. This meeting…

Trail Stewards Work Day

April 17 @ 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

April 20 @ 8:45 am - 10:45 am
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…

Spring Clean Up – April 20, 2024

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

SPRING CLEAN UP DAY Saturday, April 20 – 11:00AM – 2:00PM Join the Princeton Battlefield Society for Spring Clean Up Day at the Princeton Battlefield State Park. A great way…

Wheat and Sheep Day 2024

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

On Saturday, April 20 from 12 PM to 4 PM, watch as the Thompson-Neely sheep are shorn of their wool and tour the grist mill at this family friendly event.…

Open-Hearth Cooking: The Bake Oven

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The cooks will fire the bake oven to demonstrate the weekly baking of bread and more. This program is included with admission to Pennsbury Manor. Tours are offered at 12:30,…