Hibbs House Garden Project

The Hibbs House
Photo of the Hibbs House by Samantha Rechtman

In the 18th century, kitchen gardens provided plants essential for making food and beverages, medicine, and other household items.

As part of its mission to educate the public about 18th century life, the Friends of Washington Crossing Park will cultivate a kitchen garden outside the Hibbs House in the Historic Village.

Project Overview

The goal of the historic Hibbs House Garden Project is to engage park visitors through presentations and hands-on, interactive demonstrations.

Educational opportunities at the Hibbs House Garden includes:

  • Exploration of garden plants used in medicine and cooking
  • Discussions of native, non-native and invasive plants
  • Demonstrations of broom-making, cooking, and natural dyeing
  • Sowing and harvesting programs

These activities will be offered to both seasonal visitors on tours and to the thousands of schoolchildren and scouts who visit the park each year for field trips.

View our plan for the Hibbs House Garden

Support the Hibbs House Garden Project

Support is needed for:

  • Preparation of the ground prior to installation
  • Fencing, signage and accessible walkways
  • Training for historical interpreters and guides
  • Period-accurate gardening tools, watering cans, containers, and tools for guests who participate in demonstrations

Your gift can make a direct impact in this project. Contribute to the Hibbs House Garden Project on our website. Checks can also be mailed to The Friends of Washington Crossing Park, PO Box 1776, Washington Crossing, PA 18977.

When joining or renewing membership, the Friends of Washington Crossing Park are invited to add an additional $25 contribution in support of this project.

Hibbs House Garden Project Donors

  • Albert W. Bader Foundation
  • John and Joanne Godzieba
  • Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic River
  • McLean Contributionship 
  • Trigiano Foundation