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Lecture and Garden Tour: Fever and Sickness in the Continental Army

May 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



Historian Kim Burdick will visit Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) on Sunday, May 31 at 2 PM. She’ll present a free lecture discussing the dangers of the rampant spread of disease in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

The most dangerous place for a soldier during the war was not the battlefield. Living in close quarters with hundreds of other soldiers, the most dangerous place for a soldier was actually the encampments. In fact, fever and infections killed more soldiers than any wounds suffered in battle.

Kim Burdick is the founder and chairman of the American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware; Advisor Emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and former chairman of the Delaware Humanities Council.

The lecture is free and will be held in the Visitor Center auditorium.

Registration for the lecture is required and opens April 15, 2020. Please call the park Visitor Center at 215-493-4076 to register.

Garden Tour

Experience colonial-era medicine up close! Park horticulturalists Anna Davis-Agostini and Ross Heutmaker will lead a free pre-lecture tour of the Historic Village garden. You’ll learn about the plants used in the 18th century to treat fevers and other common soldier illnesses.

The tour will begin at 1:00 PM in the Historic Village garden and will conclude before Kim Burdick’s lecture. No registration required.


May 31
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States


Friends of Washington Crossing Park