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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Yoga by the Delaware

August 4 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
1200 River Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Meet us in front of the second parking lot by the Nelson House, on River Drive. All levels are welcome, including absolute beginners. Led by Titusville yogi and Park lover…

Weekly Living History Programs

August 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
1638 River Road
New Hope, 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…

Tai Chi by the Delaware

August 10 @ 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

August 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
1638 River Road
New Hope, 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…

Musket Firing Demonstrations

August 10 @ 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…

Yoga by the Delaware

August 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
1200 River Rd
Titusville, NJ United States

Meet us in front of the second parking lot by the Nelson House, on River Drive. All levels are welcome, including absolute beginners. Led by Titusville yogi and Park lover…

Battlefield Tour August 11, 2024

August 11 @ 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

August 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
1638 River Road
New Hope, 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…

Tai Chi by the Delaware

August 17 @ 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…