Colonial Sheep ShearingTBD
The public is invited to the Thompson-Neely House &
Farmstead in Washington Crossing Historic Park for the annual Colonial sheep shearing event (date TBD).
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. This program is open to the general public, home-schooled children, and students in public, parochial and private schools.
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children age three 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.
Farmers' MarketSATURDAYS, 9 AM - 1 PM
Area residents looking for fresh produce can come to Washington Crossing Historic Park on Saturdays for a weekly farmers’ market.
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.
Memorial Day ObservanceMAY 29
The public is invited to Washington Crossing Historic Park’s annual Memorial Day observation on Sunday, May 29 at 1 PM at the gravesite of Continental soldiers. 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. (1638 River Road, New Hope).
The observation includes 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.
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 others are unknown.
Redware Sgraffito Plate WorkshopJUNE 5
Registration for this workshop has closed.
Denise Wilz, a traditional potter and master artisan, will lead a class on sgraffito pottery on Sunday, June 5, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Participants will learn about Pennsylvania German redware and have the opportunity to decorate a plate using the sgraffito technique used by area 18th and 19th-century potters.
The participants have the option to sgraffito a molded 7-inch or 10-inch redware plates coated with white clay slip. All the sgraffito tools and books for ideas are provided; participants may also bring their own. After the workshop, the plates will be glazed, fired and returned to the park for participants to pick up or shipped to participants’ homes for an additional fee.
This class is appropriate for ages 16 and older (ages 12-15 may participate with an accompanying adult). Class size is limited to 12 participants.
Cost is $75 per person and includes one 7-inch molded plate, or $82 for a 10-inch plate. Payment must be made in full at the park Visitor Center prior to June 5. Questions may be directed to Diane Breen at the Visitor Center.
Independence Day CelebrationJULY 4
The public is invited to celebrate Independence Day at Washington Crossing Historic Park on July 4 from noon to 4 PM. See living historians demonstrate their crafts, tour historic buildings and see a military encampment. A highlight of the day will include the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon.
This year, fireworks will begin around dusk in the large field diagonal to the park Visitor Center. The fireworks are free.
Admission to the day-time events is $8 for adults (age 12 and over), $4 for children (ages 5-11) and free for those under age five. All proceeds support educational and historical programming in the park. Parking is free and this event is held rain or shine. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Colonial Days CampAUGUST 22 - 26
Parents looking to “unplug” their children from the modern world for a few days this summer can sign them up for a day camp being offered at Washington Crossing Historic Park.
The week-long “Colonial Days Camp” will be held August 22 to 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day for children in grades kindergarten through 5th.
Participants will learn about and participate in activities such as colonial cooking, candle dipping, gardening, craft making, 18th century games and more.
Cost is $200 per child or $360 for two. Before- and after-care will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for an additional $50 per child.
For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Martin at 215-493-4076.