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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Weekly Living History Programs

September 14 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
1638 River Road
New Hope, United States

Join us for a series of Free Weekly Living History programs that we will be conducting in the park on Fridays in April – June at the Lower Park, and…

Open-Hearth Cooking: Great Cakes

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
400 Pennsbury Memorial Road
Morrisville, PA 19067 United States

The cooks will be preparing breathtaking cakes of all sizes. Come learn what it takes to bake a great cake! This program is provided free of charge with admission to…

September Book Club: Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

September 16 @ 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, September 16 at 5:30 PM. This meeting…

Weekly Living History Programs

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
1638 River Road
New Hope, United States

Join us for a series of Free Weekly Living History programs that we will be conducting in the park on Fridays in April – June at the Lower Park, and…

Tai Chi by the Delaware

September 21 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Come to Tai Chi with our steadfast volunteers and beloved teachers Lisa and Robert, who lead classes for all levels. Wear comfy clothes, no mat required. Find us on River…

Weekly Living History Programs

September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
1638 River Road
New Hope, United States

Join us for a series of Free Weekly Living History programs that we will be conducting in the park on Fridays in April – June at the Lower Park, and…

Beer Brewing & Garden Highlights

September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
400 Pennsbury Memorial Road
Morrisville, PA 19067 United States

Beer brewing and garden maintenance were critical to the lives of those living at Pennsbury Manor. Explore and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the recipes and plants that…

Battlefield Tour September 22, 2024

September 22 @ 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…

Weekly Living History Programs

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
1638 River Road
New Hope, United States

Join us for a series of Free Weekly Living History programs that we will be conducting in the park on Fridays in April – June at the Lower Park, and…