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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February Book Club Meeting: The Men Who Lost America

February 20 @ 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 @ 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…

CONSERVATION VIDEO: Dolphins

CONSERVATION VIDEO: Dolphins

February 22 @ 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Althoughthese interesting marine mammals have a reputation for being friendly and evenhelpful to the human species, they are surprisingly aggressive toward oneanother.

Four Centuries of African American Soldiers – Day 1

Four Centuries of African American Soldiers – Day 1

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2 Barrack St United States

Celebrate Black History Month with us at The Old Barracks Museum! Come hear about the brave African American soldiers that helped shape our nation’s history! Learn about the integral role they played in our military, from the earlydays of our nation’s infancy all the way up to World War II! Meet the dedicated reenactors and…

CONSERVATION VIDEO: Relentless Enemies: Lions and Hyenas

CONSERVATION VIDEO: Relentless Enemies: Lions and Hyenas

February 29 @ 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

As the title suggests, this video is probably notappropriate for young children.

Four Centuries of African American Soldiers – Day 2

Four Centuries of African American Soldiers – Day 2

March 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2 Barrack St United States

Celebrate Black History Month with us at The Old Barracks Museum! Come hear about the brave African American soldiers that helped shape our nation’s history! Learn about the integral role they played in our military, from the earlydays of our nation’s infancy all the way up to World War II! Meet the dedicated reenactors and…

Beulah Oliphant Award

Beulah Oliphant Award

March 12 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
2 Barrack St United States

Beulah Oliphant, through her foresight and determination, led the effort to preserve the Old Barracks, which became a museum in 1902. This award is named in her honor, and is presented annually to women in recognition of their outstanding contributions to New Jersey history in historic preservation, education, or scholarship.2020 Honoree – Alice Paul Institute…

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March Book Club Meeting: The Men Who Lost America

March 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
1112 River Rd United States

The March meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, March 16, 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 Six and Seven.…

Manufacturing a Revolution: Trenton in the Winter of 1778

Manufacturing a Revolution: Trenton in the Winter of 1778

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
2 Barrack St United States

On Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, from 10 am – 5 pm, the Old Barracks Museum will break your winter cabin fever by reliving the winter of 1777-1778, when Washington’s troops were experiencing the harsh Winter at Valley Forge. The Old Barracks will host 18th century carpenters, tailors, cordwainers and shoemakers, hatters, gunsmiths,…