News and Events

New Plaque Recognizes Washington Crossing Historic Park as American Revolutionary War Site

December 23rd, 2021

A new plaque hangs in the Visitor Center vestibule at Washington Crossing Historic Park and its significance is…well…significant. The Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (PSSDAR) placed the plaque as part of a national initiative to raise public awareness for the men and women who helped achieve American independence. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hopes that at least one marker will be placed in every state in advance of the 250th birthday of the United States in 2026. “The project is the epitome of what DAR stands for,” says Judi Biederman, park volunteer and Regent Read More

John Sullivan Challenge Coin Now Available

November 29th, 2021

Washington Crossing Historic Park’s 2021 Challenge Coin is now available. The cost is $17.76, including tax. Shipping is an additional fee. The Major General John Sullivan Challenge Coin can be purchased in the Visitor Center gift shop or on our website. Every year until 2026—the 250th anniversary of the crossing of the Delaware River—Washington Crossing Historic Park will release a new challenge coin. The back of each year’s coin will feature a different officer in the Continental army, while the front features the crossing as depicted in Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” painting. About Major General John Sullivan Major Read More

Get Ready for the Crossing with these FAQs

November 27th, 2021

December is here and that means it’s time for us to reenact George Washington’s daring crossing of the Delaware! If you plan to attend one of our two crossing reenactments, we’ve compiled a list of answers to the most common questions we receive.   What are the dates for the 2021 Crossings? Washington Crossing Historic Park will host the First Crossing on Sunday, December 12 from 10 am to 4 pm. Narration begins at 12:30 pm. The crossing begins at approximately 1 pm. The 69th Annual Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment will take place on Saturday, December 25th from Noon to 3pm. Read More

New Book Club Selection Details the Continental Army’s Other War

October 27th, 2021

The Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club will begin a new book, Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington’s Army During the American Revolution by Steven Elliott, at its December meeting. The meeting will be held December 20, at 5:30 PM, on Zoom. Registration is required. To register, please visit DCNR’s website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration. Participants should be prepared to discuss the Introduction through Chapter 2. Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington’s Army During the American Revolution Surviving the Winters is the first book to show how camp construction and administration played a crucial role in Patriot strategy during the Read More

Help Us Prepare the Flock for Winter

September 24th, 2021

Now that autumn is here, the Thompson-Neely Farmstead team is looking ahead and preparing for another winter. Four new lambs (pictured), welcomed in August 2021, have brought our heritage breed flock up to 15 sheep. The sheep and goats requires a lot of care, which is largely supported by generous donors through our popular Sponsor a Sheep program. Here’s how farmstead staff and volunteers are preparing the flock for winter: Food: Once winter arrives and the grass in the meadow stops growing, our hungry sheep are fed hay. They go through about half a bale a day, or 200 bales Read More

Two Area Students Complete Summer Internships at the Park

August 25th, 2021

This summer, the Friends of Washington Crossing Park welcomed two interns: Jillian Miller and Lucy Buchanan. Jillian Miller: Educating Future Historians Jillian Miller, a student at Hatboro-Horsham High School, spent the summer organizing this year’s Colonial Days Summer Camp as part of an internship sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Washington Crossing-Yardley. In addition to leading the camp in late August, Jillian prepared for campers’ arrival weeks in advance. They have helped with the Colonial Days Summer Camp before, but this year she took on a new role by organizing the itinerary herself. They’ve created schedules, ordered supplies, and reached Read More

What Did the Continental Army Learn from the Ten Crucial Days?

August 23rd, 2021

The period surrounding the crossing has come to be known as the Ten Crucial Days. Those battles, and the maneuvering around them, affected the Continental Army in ways both profound and practical. A Renewed Spirit “The most obvious lesson [the Continental Army] learned was that it could in fact defeat the enemy in combat and that the war could go on; it wasn’t a lost cause,” says William “Larry” Kidder, a Revolutionary War historian and author. “The Battle of Trenton was proof enough of that, but that fact became especially clear at the Battle of Princeton, where the Continental soldiers Read More

Bestselling Author Nathaniel Philbrick Returns to the Park

August 4th, 2021

New York Times bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick will appear at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Wednesday, September 15 at 7 PM for a lecture, Q&A, and signing of his new book, Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy, which will be released the day before his appearance. Tickets are available now on our website. Ticket price is pay-what-you-wish with proceeds benefiting the non-profit Friends of Washington Crossing Park. Suggested minimum donation is $15 per person. Tickets do not include the new book. You may purchase one copy of the book along with your tickets for an Read More