Events

There is always something happening at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Please join us for any or all of the following events. For more information about an event, please call 215-493-4076. To stay up-to-date on events at the park, “like” Friends of Washington Crossing Park on Facebook.

Weekly Farmers' Market

EVERY SATURDAY BEGINNING MAY 9

Area residents looking for fresh produce can come to Washington Crossing Historic Park on Saturdays for a weekly farmers’ market, beginning May 9.

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature produce from up to 12 local farms and vendors with all-natural products. Farm stands will be set up near the corner of River Road and Rt. 532 or in the Visitor Center parking lot in case of rain.

5th Annual Brewfest

SATURDAY, MAY 2 | TIME: 12:30 - 4:30 PM

Beer lovers rejoice! The 5th Annual Washington Crossing Brewfest will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM in Washington Crossing Historic Park.

The brewfest – which sells out each year – will feature beer sampling from more than 60 national and regional breweries, live bands and food. Proceeds from the Brewfest are used by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park to provide educational and historical programming.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news about the brewfest, including bands, food vendors, and attending breweries, “like” it at www.facebook.com/washingtoncrossingbrewfest.

Sheep Shearing Day

FRIDAY, MAY 8 | TIME: 10 AM - 2 PM

The public is invited to the Thompson-Neely House & Farmstead in Washington Crossing Historic Park on Friday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual Colonial sheep shearing event.

Attendees can see sheep being shorn of their winter wool coats and then try their hand at the many steps it takes to turn the fleece into clothing. They will also learn about how wool was cleaned, dyed, carded, spun and woven into fabric in the 18th century.

This program is open to the general public, home-schooled children and students in public, parochial and private schools. Admission is $9 for everyone age four and older. Advance registration is required for groups of 15 or more people. To register, please call 215-493-4076. Parking is free and this event is held rain or shine.

The Thompson-Neely House is located about two miles south of New Hope at the intersection of Route 32 and Aquetong Rd.

Free Program Features Historic Postcards of the Delaware Canal and Nearby Sites

TUESDAY, MAY 12 | TIME: 7:30 PM

The Friends of Washington Crossing Park and the Friends of the Delaware Canal will co-host a free lecture – “Unique and Rare Postcards of the Delaware Canal and Nearby Sites” – on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) visitor center auditorium.

The lecture will feature numerous images of the Delaware Canal, Washington Crossing and area inns and stores from postcards that date back to the early 20th century – the “Golden Age” of postcards. At the time, the Delaware Canal was a popular subject for postcard photographers. There were still mule-drawn boats plying the canal at the time, but business had slowed down considerably. Photographers took the opportunity to capture a part of American life that would soon be gone. After the close of business in 1931, the beauty of the canal allowed it to remain as a popular subject for postcards.

The lecture will be narrated by Steven Cohen, an active postcard collector and member of the Washington Crossing Card Collectors Club, and Susan Taylor, executive director of the Friends of the Delaware Canal. All of the cards come from Cohen’s personal collection. During the presentation, he will share his knowledge about his cards and the joys and tribulations of collecting them.

Learn More about the Revolutionary War

FRIDAY, MAY 15 | TIME: Noon - 4 PM

On May 15 from noon to 4 p.m., the public can attend a half-day program at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) that will feature demonstrations of historic weapons and lectures on the American Revolution and the events and people surrounding George Washington’s Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River. Cost to attend is $20, payable at the door.

Events and lectures that day will include:

* Artillery and musket firing, Durham boat demonstration

* Myths and Realities of the American Revolution

* Overview of the “10 Crucial Days”

* Tales of the Marbleheaders

* Washington the General

This half-day event is part of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference being held at the park that weekend. AUSA is a private, non-profit educational organization that support’s America’s Army and the men and women who serve in it.

Memorial Day Observance

SUNDAY, MAY 24 | TIME: 1 PM

Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold a Memorial Day observance on Sunday, May 24 at 1 p.m. at the gravesite of Continental soldiers. The event is free and open to the public.

The observation will include a colonial color guard, the Old Barracks Fife & Drum Corps, Revolutionary War reenactors, the Guardians of the National Cemetery Firing Party, Daughters of the American Revolution, veterans, Boy Scouts, and other honored guests. During the event, American flags will be placed on the graves.

The gravesite marks the resting place of soldiers who died during the Continental army’s December 1776 encampment in Bucks County. Although no Americans were killed during the Delaware River crossing and the First Battle of Trenton, some soldiers succumbed to exposure, disease or previous injuries. James Moore, a 26-year-old artillery captain from a New York regiment, is the only veteran buried in this plot whose identity is known.

The gravesite is located near the Thompson-Neely House, about two miles south of New Hope at the intersection of Route 32 and Aquetong Rd. Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to participate in this event should call 215-493-4076.

Pennsbury High School Choirs to Sing at Park

SUNDAY, MAY 31 | TIME: 2 PM

Two Pennsbury High School choirs will perform at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Sunday, May 31 at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center auditorium. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students with ID and are available at the park Visitor Center, located near the intersection of River Road and Rt. 532. Proceeds benefit the Pennsbury choral program and the Friends of Washington Crossing Park.

The Pennsbury High School Chamber Choir is the top extracurricular choir and is made up of 32 auditioned students in grades 11 and 12. The Pennsbury High School Falconairs is an all-girl’s chorus that is open to students in grades 10 to 12. The groups will perform a variety of music from the choral repertoire. Featured will be selections from the choirs’ recent tour to Germany and Austria, including a setting of “Salvator Mundi” composed for the PHS Choir by Thomas LaVoy.