Washington Crossing Historic Park’s gift shop is chock full of items that commemorate both the events that took place here in 1776 as well as Colonial America more broadly. From serious to lighthearted, there is something for everyone. Here are a few of the gift shop’s most popular items, all of which are available for purchase at WashingtonCrossingPark.org/shop.
Add a Colonial touch to your Christmas tree with one or all of these stuffed felt ornaments. Imported from England (how ironic!), these ornaments depict George Washington, Martha Washington, a Colonial fifer, a Colonial drummer, and Nelson the horse (one of two horses that carried General Washington during the Revolutionary War). Cost: $19 each + shipping.
There are two versions of this metal, die-cut image of the famous Emanuel Leutze painting – one that is all brass and another that is accented with red, white and blue. Among the most popular items in the gift shop, these ornaments are made in America and exclusively sold at the park. Cost for bronze ornament: $15.92 each + shipping. Cost for colored ornament: $17.92 each + shipping.
The park sells a variety of t-shirts, but these two have a lighthearted take on what was a turning point in America’s war for independence. “General Washington’s Rowing Club” shirts and “General Washington’s Junior Rowing Club” shirts come in a variety of colors and are sure to spark a conversation anytime you wear them. Cost: $20 + shipping.
Byers’ Choice is a Bucks County company that’s famous for its Christmas caroler figurines – three of which are only offered for sale at the park. Choose from George Washington (a version made exclusively for the park) or two different Marbleheaders. Cost: $70 – $80 each + shipping.
Each year from 2016 to 2026, the park will add a new challenge coin to commemorate the lead-up to the 250th anniversary of Washington’s crossing. Each coin features an important figure from the crossing on one side and a rendition of the famous Leutze painting on the other. Each year features a different person. Cost: $16.75 + shipping.
The park carries many books related to the Revolutionary War and the 10 Crucial Days, but one of the most honored is David Hackett Fischer’s “Washington’s Crossing” – winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History. This thorough and compelling recounting of the events leading up to and following Washington’s river crossing is a must read for anyone with an interest in the Revolutionary War. Cost: $19.95 + shipping.
To learn more about the 10 Crucial Days and The Crossing, consider “The Road to Assunpink Creek” by David Price and Images of America “Washington Crossing” by Robert W. Sands Jr. and Patricia E. Millen.