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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Tai Chi by the Delaware

October 12 @ 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 Drive…

Living History Theatre: The Departure 1701

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
400 Pennsbury Memorial Road
Morrisville, PA 19067 United States

After not quite two years in Pennsylvania, William Penn and his wife Hannah and daughter Letitia are leaving for England in October 1701. Why are they going? What preparations need…

Site Closed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 14 @ 12:00 am

Tai Chi by the Delaware

October 19 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Battlefield Tour October 20, 2024

October 20 @ 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…

Tai Chi by the Delaware

October 26 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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WCPA Board of Trustees Meeting

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

Christmas Day Crossing

December 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
2 River Dr United States

Celebrate the “Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment,” arranged by the Washington Crossing Historic Park of PA, as we commemorate the 243rd anniversary of General George Washington’s famous Christmas night crossing of…

WCPA Board of Trustees Meeting

January 9, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm