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April 2019

Wheat & Sheep Day

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Thompson-Neely Farmstead, 1638 River Road
New Hope, United States
Free – $8

Roll up your sleeves and experience life on a colonial-era farmstead! Wheat & Sheep Day is set for Saturday, April 27 at noon at the Thompson-Neely Farmstead and Grist Mill, which is part of Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA). Watch as the Thompson-Neely sheep are shorn using period-accurate hand shears. Their fleece will become yarn available for purchase in the Visitor Center gift shop and on Etsy. Other Wheat & Sheep Day activities include: Learning to make colonial-style pancakes Turning the sheep's fleece into textiles Watching a cooper create barrels Touring the Thompson-Neely House, once used as a field hospital…

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Seed-Planting Workshop

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

Bring the kids to Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) to plant seeds for heirloom lavender in pots of their own design. Pots, seeds, special starter soil and watering cans will be provided. This workshop will be led by Blanche Gottel, "The Plant Lady of Bucks County." The workshop is limited to 30 children. To register your child, please call the park at 215-493-4076. The Friends of Washington Crossing Park, a non-profit formed in 2009 to save the crossing reenactment in the wake of state budget cuts, is turning 10. In honor of the anniversary, the Friends are hosting 10 free events at…

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May 2019

Washington Crossing Spring Brewfest

May 4 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Thompson-Neely Farmstead, 1638 River Road
New Hope, United States
$45

The ninth annual Washington Crossing Spring Brewfest – which sells out every year – will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 12:30 to 4:30 PM in a wooded, riverside section of Washington Crossing Historic Park behind the Thompson-Neely House. The event features sampling of at least 130 beers from more than 60 regional and national breweries, live music and food vendors. Details about vendors, breweries, and more are available on the Brewfest website. The brewfest is held by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. All proceeds are directed to educational and historical programming in the park. 

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Washington Crossing the Delaware: Emanuel Leutze’s Masterpiece

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free
Alice W. Schwarz

Join museum educator Alice W. Schwarz for a free lecture exploring the 19th century painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, created by German-American artist Emanuel Leutze. This lecture will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 2 PM in the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center. Registration opens April 1. Please call the park at (215) 493-4076 to register. Schwarz will discuss Leutze's artistic process and the choices he made in creating what is now the most iconic image of the American War of Independence. Schwarz was a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which currently houses the Washington Crossing…

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May Book Club Meeting: Hessians

May 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

The next meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club will be led by museum curator Kimberly McCarty on Monday, May 20, at 5:30 PM in the Visitor Center. In this meeting, we'll wrap up our discussion of Brady J. Crytzer's Hessians: Mercenaries, Rebels, and the War for British North America. Before the meeting, please read the "Philipp Waldeck" chapter and the epilogue. Participation is free and open to all. Members should provide their own books. To register, please call the park Visitor Center at 215-493-4076.

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Music on the Riverbank

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

Looking for an excuse to get outside on a beautiful spring evening? On Saturday, May 25 at 6 PM, bring a picnic dinner down to the riverfront near the Visitor Center for a free live jazz concert at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA). No registration is required. The jazz band performing is the The Triple Ts, a jazz-fusion trio based in Philadelphia. Performing original music and arrangements of forgotten pop classics, they have toured the US following the release of their album, The Session Vol. 1. They have performed in Philadelphia at places like Chris’ Jazz Cafe, World Cafe Live and The Franklin…

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Memorial Day Ceremony

May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Thompson-Neely Farmstead, 1638 River Road
New Hope, United States

Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 26 at 1 PM at the gravesite of Continental soldiers located near the Thompson-Neely House. The observation will include a colonial color guard, fife and drum music, Revolutionary War reenactors, the Guardians of the National Cemetery Firing Party, Daughters of the American Revolution, veterans, Boy Scouts and other honored guests. During the event, American flags will be placed on the graves. 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…

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An Evening with Rick Atkinson

May 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
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Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Rick Atkinson will appear at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Friday, May 31, at 7:30 PM for a lecture, Q&A, and signing of his new book, The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777. This special event is co-hosted by the non-profit Friends of Washington Crossing Park and The David Library of the American Revolution, both of which will receive a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales. About the Book Atkinson's latest book recounts the first twenty-one months of America’s violent war for independence. From the battles at Lexington…

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June 2019

Women In Trade

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

Join local historian Deborah Peterson for a free lecture on what Philadelphia-area women did outside their homes in the 18th century. Not all women stayed at home as housewives. By using tax records, newspapers, diaries, ledgers and journals, we can tell that a surprising number of women were recorded as being independent tradespeople. This lecture will be held on Sunday, June 9 at 2 PM in the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor Center. Registration opens May 1. Please call the park Visitor Center at (215) 493-4076 to register. For nearly 40 years, Peterson has immersed herself in research into the…

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June Book Club Meeting: Following the Drum

June 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Washington Crossing Historic Park – Visitor Center & Historic Village, 1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
Free

The June meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, June 17, at 5:30 PM in the Visitor Center. In this meeting, museum curator Kimberly McCarty will lead a discussion of the club's next selection: Following the Drum:  Women at the Valley Forge Encampment by Nancy K. Loane. This meeting will cover Chapters 1-3. Following the Drum tells the story of the forgotten women who spent the winter of 1777-78 with the Continental Army at Valley Forge. While many women worked as the army’s washerwomen, nurses, cooks, or seamstresses, others were of higher status: they traveled with…

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