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Summer Intern Draws on Personal Experience to Create Programming

August 31st, 2022

  Adam Mohn, a recent graduate of The Solebury 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. Adam spent most of the summer updating the program by developing activities that would be both fun and educational for a wide range of ages and abilities. As a former camper and camp counselor at Pennsbury Manor, Adam was able to draw from his own experiences to create the programming. “I’ve always been interested in history but wasn’t very familiar with the time period of the park,” Read More

Park Volunteer Blossoms at Hibbs House Garden

August 30th, 2022

    It takes some helping hands to maintain the historical plants at the Hibbs House Kitchen Garden and share its harvest with the community. Joanna McClintock shares her experience as a garden volunteer. “My husband and I wanted to retire in a Bucks County town near the Delaware and be closer to our grandkids who live in Pennington, NJ, so we chose Washington Crossing. I always admired the view of the park as I drove back across ‘the skinny bridge’ and thought maybe there was something I could do there to volunteer and get involved in the community. I Read More

Park Horticulturalist Named Harrison Fellow

July 28th, 2022

    Washington Crossing Park Historical Horticulturalist, Anna Davis, was recently named a Harrison Fellow of the Historic Landscape Institute after attending a weeklong immersive learning program in Charlottesville, VA. The program was presented by the Historic Landscape Institute at Monticello and the University of Virginia, two sites where Thomas Jefferson used his knowledge and love of gardening to create culturally and historically relevant landscapes. Both sites are also on the elite UNESCO World Heritage List. “The program was a combination of lectures, workshops, and hands-on experiences where we learned how the landscapes were used, how they changed over time Read More

Pennington Resident Donates Revolutionary War Era Sword

July 28th, 2022

  On July 4, 2022, Lisa Thorndike of Pennington, NJ, and her sons Alden and Michael Thorndike presented an American small sword to Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA). Named the “Thorndike sword,” the blade had been in the Thorndike family since the Revolutionary War and dates to between 1730 and 1760. “It’s the continuing mission of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park to preserve and present Revolutionary War history to our visitors and guests.” says John Godzieba, President of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park and the reenactor who portrays General Washington. “Artifacts, such as this sword, are tangible connections Read More

Lifelong Musician Finds Community in Fife & Drum Corps

July 21st, 2022

    The musicians in Washington Crossing Fife & Drum Corps come from a variety of backgrounds, but they join together to share the music of our nation’s history with the community of today. Volunteer Mary Jane Beck shares how the Fife & Drum Corps uses music to bring people together. “I started helping at the park with school groups during Colonial Days about five years ago. We’ve lived in the area for 40 years and I’ve always enjoyed history and being active. Volunteering gave me a hands-on way to be involved. When Stacy put out a flier in 2018 Read More

Long-Time Park Visitor Leaves a Legacy for Generations to Come

April 27th, 2022

When nature lover Carolyn Sundstrom, aka Tess Rivers, passed away in 2016, she left a memorial gift to Washington Crossing Historic Park that will continue her legacy and benefit visitors far into the future. The sizeable donation that was left as an estate gift will be used for the creation of new classroom space and interpretive opportunities for visitors to the park. Born Carolyn Sundstrom, which means ‘sunny river’ in Swedish, Carolyn was known by many as Tess Rivers which she assumed as her pen name. Carolyn was a frequent visitor to Washington Crossing Historic Park where she could often Read More

Shining the Spotlight on Our Volunteers

April 1st, 2022

Volunteers are vital to the day-to-day operations of Washington Crossing Historic Park. From special event support to tours, education and reenactments, volunteers help us provide thousands of visitors each year with a truly special experience.  Every April, in honor of National Volunteer Month, we recognize several individuals and organizations who have helped us deliver upon our mission over the past year. Please join us in celebrating our 2022 honorees:    Volunteer of the Year – Bob Dupre For six years, Bob Dupre has participated in the park’s annual Christmas Crossing reenactments and led thousands of children through the Soldier’s Drill Read More

The Continental Army’s Untold Struggle

March 31st, 2022

  Steven Elliott, PhD, will discuss his debut book, Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington’s Army During the American Revolution, May 1, at 1:30 PM, in the Visitor Center. It will also be livestreamed via Zoom. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, please visit DCNR’s website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration.  Surviving the Winters is the first book to show how camp construction and administration played a crucial role in Patriot strategy during the war. As Elliott reminds readers, Washington’s troops spent only a few days a year in combat. The rest of the time, particularly Read More