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


Curator Tour: A Glorious Enterprise

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1112 River Rd United States

Join Washington Crossing Historic Park curator Kimberly McCarty for a free gallery tour of the Visitor Center exhibit, A Glorious Enterprise: Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware. The gallery tour is set for Sunday, May 3 at 7 PM. The long-term exhibit explores the Christmas night crossing in 1776 and the Continental Army’s encampment at the…

Titusville Yard Sale

Titusville Yard Sale

May 4

Hearth Cooking Class (AT CAPACITY)

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
1112 River Rd United States

This class has reached capacity, and registration has closed.   Join a handful of other cooks to prepare an authentic 18th-century meal at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Saturday, May 9, from 10 AM to 3 PM. Please arrive at 9:45 AM. You’ll learn the basic techniques of open hearth cooking in the Hibbs House.…


May Book Club Meeting: The Men Who Lost America

May 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
1112 River Rd United States

The May meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, May 18, 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 Eight, Nine, and…

WCPA Board of Trustees Meeting

WCPA Board of Trustees Meeting

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
2 River Dr United States

Jazz on the Riverbank

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
1112 River Rd United States

Need an excuse to enjoy the great outdoors on a beautiful spring evening? On Saturday, May 23 at 6 PM, bring a picnic dinner down to the riverbank near the Visitor Center for a free live jazz concert at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA). No tickets or registration required. The performers, The Triple Ts, are…


Memorial Day Ceremony

May 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
1638 River Rd United States

Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 24 at 1:00 PM at the gravesite of Continental soldiers located near the Thompson-Neely House. The observation will include a colonial color guard, fife and drum music, Revolutionary War reenactors, the Guardians of the National Cemetery Firing Party, Daughters of the American…

English Gown Workshop

English Gown Workshop

May 30 @ 9:00 am - May 31 @ 3:00 pm
2 Barrack St United States

English Gown Sewing Workshop – Intermediate Level with Kitty Calash (Kirsten Hammerstrom) Saturday, May 30 & Sunday, May 31 Reservations Required Max: 8 Participants Light breakfast and boxed lunch are included in registration fee. For registration & details:https://www.barracks.org/gown_workshop.html


Lecture and Garden Tour: Fever and Sickness in the Continental Army

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
1112 River Rd United States

Lecture Historian Kim Burdick will visit Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Sunday, May 31 at 2 PM. She’ll present a free lecture discussing the dangers of the rampant spread of disease in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The most dangerous place for a soldier during the war was not the battlefield. Living…