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

Battlefield Tour May 19, 2024

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Princeton Battlefield State Park and learn more about the Battle of Princeton, a battle that ended the “ten crucial days” of 1776-1777. Walk in…

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

May 20 @ 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 Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 PM. This meeting…

Jazz Concert on the Riverbank 2024

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

The Friends of Washington Crossing Park (PA) and the historic Newtown Theatre are teaming up to present a free outdoor jazz concert on Saturday, May 25 from 6 to 8…

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 26 at 1 PM at the gravesite of Continental soldiers located near the Thompson-Neely House. The…

Trail Stewards Work Day

June 19 @ 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

June 22 @ 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…

WCPA Board of Trustees Meeting

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WCPA Board of Trustees Meeting

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WCPA Board of Trustees Meeting

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm