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.”

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Upcoming Events

Beer Brewing and Garden Highlights

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Beer Brewing and Garden Highlights | 1-4pm Brewing and gardening were critical to the lives of those living at Pennsbury Manor.  Explore the recipes and plants that fed the early residents of Pennsylvania. 

Garden Workshop

July 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Water: Compost Tea, Thumb Pots, & Dipper Gourds Our Garden Workshops are an opportunity to learn from our expert gardener, Jessye. Hosted every Tuesday during the summer from 10 – 11am, each session will cover a different topic related to 17th- century gardening. Available for ages 12+, $20 per session. Registration required – call 215-946-0400…

Storytime in the Garden

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Looking for something to do with your little ones this summer? Join us Thursday mornings 10am-11am in the garden for story time with our gardener, Jessye. Stay after and explore the garden, visit the farm animals, or have a snack by the river. Suggested ages 4-8 but all are welcome. Admission is the $3 Grounds…

Tai Chi by the River

July 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Tai Chi with our steadfast volunteers and beloved teachers Lisa and Robert! They’ll be leading classes by the River for all levels on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Wear comfy clothes, no mat required. Find us on River Drive in the lower park, in front of the main parking lot. There is no…

Musket Firing Demonstration

July 30 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Musket FiringDemonstration – Demonstration includesa history of Washington’s Crossing, explanation of battle tactics, overview ofhow the musket functions and finishes with a firing of the musket. Firing willtake place outside of the Visitor Center Museum every Saturday at 2pm!Cost of presentation is $1. Weather permitting.

Yoga by the River

July 31 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Yoga in the Lower Park, led by Titusville yogi and Park lover Christa Eastgate. Bring a mat and your preferred props, and wear comfortable clothes. Find us on River Drive in the lower park, in front of the main parking lot. Classes are free, however donations are deeply appreciated! (CLASSES WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN…

Animals at Pennsbury

July 31 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Animals at Pennsbury | 1-4pm Our animal interpreters will be on hand to share stories and fun facts about the lives of animals at Pennsbury, past and present.

Garden Workshop

August 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Bees: Making Slave with Calendula Our Garden Workshops are an opportunity to learn from our expert gardener, Jessye. Hosted every Tuesday during the summer from 10 – 11am, each session will cover a different topic related to 17th- century gardening. Available for ages 12+, $20 per session. Registration required – call 215-946-0400 to reserve your…

Storytime in the Garden

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Looking for something to do with your little ones this summer? Join us Thursday mornings 10am-11am in the garden for story time with our gardener, Jessye. Stay after and explore the garden, visit the farm animals, or have a snack by the river. Suggested ages 4-8 but all are welcome. Admission is the $3 Grounds…