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

GUIDED HISTORIC EDUCATION WALKING TOUR

October 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd United States

The Historic Preservation and Education Committee of the Washington Crossing Park Association (WCPA) is leading twice-monthly tours of the Park through October 24th. Tickets are free but must be reserved at EventBrite…CLICK HERE.Stop 1: Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum Welcome & Tour Overview.View film: “Ten Crucial Days: The Road to Liberty”Swan Historical Foundation Collection – an introductionLloyd…

Autumn Market & Encampment

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Travel back in time and experience life in a Revolutionary War camp during Washington Crossing Historic Park’s annual Autumn Encampment & Market on Saturday, October 16, from noon to 4 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free members, active duty military, and children under five. A family…

Musket Firing Demonstration

October 16 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Join a Park Historian for an interpretive talk about some of the weapons used during the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton. Included will be a musket firing demonstration. Approximately 30-minute program. Park vehicle entrance fee of $5 per vehicle applies…CASH ONLY.

Virtual Lecture with Dr. Matthew Costello: The Property of the Nation

October 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

Dr. Matthew Costello, senior historian of the White House Historical Association, will give a free virtual lecture on Sunday, October 17 at 1:30 PM. Costello’s lecture will focus on his 2019 book, The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President, which was a 2020 George Washington Prize…

October Book Club Meeting: Ten Crucial Days

October 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
PA United States
Free

The October meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, October 18 at 5:30 PM. This meeting will be held virtually using Zoom. Registration is required. To register, please visit DCNR’s website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration. Museum curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a discussion of Ten…

Musket Firing Demonstration

October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Join a Park Historian for an interpretive talk about some of the weapons used during the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton. Included will be a musket firing demonstration. Approximately 30-minute program. Park vehicle entrance fee of $5 per vehicle applies…CASH ONLY.

GUIDED HISTORIC EDUCATION WALKING TOUR

October 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd United States

The Historic Preservation and Education Committee of the Washington Crossing Park Association (WCPA) is leading twice-monthly tours of the Park through October 24th.  Tickets are free but must be reserved at EventBrite…CLICK HERE. Stop 1: Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum  Welcome & Tour Overview. View film: “Ten Crucial Days: The Road to Liberty” Swan Historical Foundation…

Musket Firing Demonstration

October 30 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Join a Park Historian for an interpretive talk about some of the weapons used during the American Revolution and their use during the Battle of Trenton. Included will be a musket firing demonstration. Approximately 30-minute program. Park vehicle entrance fee of $5 per vehicle applies…CASH ONLY.

November Book Club: Ten Crucial Days

November 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
PA United States
Free

The November meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, November 15 at 5:30 PM. This meeting will be held virtually using Zoom. Registration is required. To register, please visit DCNR’s website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration. Museum curator Kimberly McCarty will wrap up discussion of Ten…