News and Events

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

A Plein Air Painter Takes a Detour

July 26th, 2021

  Last year, Jo-Ann Osnoe reconvened the watercolor class she was teaching outside. Each week, the Yardley artist and her students would meet at a local park, usually Washington Crossing Historic Park, to paint onsite. “There are endless amounts of inspiration and subject matter there,” Osnoe says. “And during the pandemic, it was a lifesaver. We could spread out and paint on our own. Then we’d come together at the end, wearing masks, to discuss our work.” Osnoe has long favored painting outdoors – a style called plein air painting – and at the park, particularly, because of the historic Read More

Park Spaces Benefit from Reduced Mowing Practice

July 5th, 2021

Washington Crossing Historic Park is now undertaking a reduced mowing approach to land management. This long-term sustainability land use practice benefits native and local wildlife and saves energy and taxpayer money. Reduced mowing means less fuel and more time for staff to concentrate on repairing and maintaining historic structures and other projects to beautify and enhance the park. Native flowers like milk weed, butterfly weed, bee balm, and cone flower (echinacea) are just a few that thrive with reduced mowing. Native and warm season grasses and wildflowers have larger root systems that help maintain soil, deter erosion and help sequester carbon. Encouraging native wildflowers Read More

Caring for a Historic Flock

June 23rd, 2021

If you’ve spent any time at the Thompson-Neely Farmstead, you’ve likely seen the beloved sheep and goats that call Washington Crossing Historic Park their home. The flock of eleven sheep features several heritage breeds that could have been found in colonial America. Five are Leicester Longwool, an English breed developed in the 18th century and found in George Washington’s flock at Mount Vernon. This breed was once popular in early America, but nearly went extinct in the 1900s. It’s now considered “threatened” by the Livestock Conservancy. The flock also has three Dorset sheep and one Cotswold – both are English Read More

A Painter Enamored with the Overlooked

June 22nd, 2021

“I’m mostly interested in light,” says Shirley Mersky, an oil painter who lives in Newtown Borough. “The subject doesn’t matter to me as much.” But that’s not entirely accurate. One of her paintings that was included in a recent exhibition at the Stover Mill Gallery, in Erwinna, depicts the Stockton, New Jersey, restaurant Via Ponte Ristorante Siciliano. The rear of the restaurant. “There were all these interesting shapes jutting out from the back of the building,” Mersky says. She couldn’t resist. A couple of her other paintings in the exhibition are of alleys. So the subject does matter to Mersky, Read More

Next Book Club Pick Examines the Ten Crucial Days from a Personal Perspective

May 21st, 2021

The Washington Crossing Historic Park book club will begin a new book, Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds by William L. Kidder, at its July meeting. The meeting will be held July 19 at 5:30 PM on Zoom. 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 4. The Wider Context of the Ten Crucial Days While Ten Crucial Days is not the only book to provide a play-by-play account of the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River in 1776 and the Read More