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

Open-Hearth Cooking: 17th Century Puddings

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Everything hath an end and a pudding has two. Each cook will be demonstrating a different type of 17th century pudding. This program is included with admission to Pennsbury Manor.…

June Book Club: Misinformation Nation: Foreign News and the Politics of Truth in Revolutionary America

June 17 @ 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, June 17 at 5:30 PM. This meeting…

Site Closed for Juneteenth

June 19

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…

Weekly Living History Programs

June 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

Join us for a series of Living History programs that we will be conducting in the park on Fridays in April – June, and then Fridays and Saturdays in July…

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…

Spring Arts: Botanical Drawing

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Outdoor art for all skill levels. This guided drawing workshop will focus on plants in the Kitchen Garden. Materials provided. Registration is required for this workshop: $30 for members, $35…

Musket Firing Demonstrations Begin this Month

June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Park historians Clay Craighead and Mark Sirak will begin doing Musket firing demonstrations on April 13th at 2pm! Musket demos will occur on most Saturdays (staffing and weather permitting) at…

Juneteenth Celebration 2024

June 22 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States

In honor of Juneteenth, Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) will host several free special events and activities on Saturday, June 22 from 3 to 7 PM that will educate visitors…