Staff Spotlight: Guy Sava

  A dedicated history buff, our Visitor Services Coordinator Gaetano “Guy” Sava III has been lending his knowledge and skills to Washington Crossing Park for over 12 years. It all began when he chose renovations on Bowman’s Hill Tower for his Eagle Scout Project after extensive research. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy put a damper on things and he took up working in the gift shop instead. Here, Guy was inspired by the tours and eventually became a tour guide for the renovated Visitor Center.  After time at Bucks County Community College, Guy transferred to Temple and earned his bachelor’s in business Read More

Continuing an Ancestral Legacy of Fife & Drum

  From the First Crossing to our annual Memorial Day Ceremony, the volunteers of the Fife & Drum Corps bring both music and history to events at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Drummer Micah Goldsberry shares why he joined the Fife & Drum Corps and his experience as a volunteer. “In 2020, my brother and I launched a genealogy research project to see if we had any ancestors from the American Revolution. Sure enough we found one and were able to prove the lineage; our 6th great grandfather was a Hessian drummer who served in the 3rd English Waldeck regiment. He Read More

Staff Spotlight: Ross Heutmaker

We can all agree that our sheep and goats are an integral part of our park, but their joyful presence wouldn’t be possible without our Farmstead Manager, Ross Heutmaker. His duties include managing a crew of volunteers, land management at the farmstead, assisting Anna Davis-Agostini—our Historical Horticulturist—with garden maintenance, assisting with the operation and upkeep of the park’s Grist Mill, and of course, overseeing the care of our animals.    While Ross didn’t specifically prepare to become a sheep farmer, he fits perfectly into this important role at the park. He is a graduate of The College of New Jersey where Read More

Staff Spotlight: Anna Davis

A lover of all things nature and history, Anna is the perfect fit as the park’s Historical Horticulturist. She first joined the park in 2014 as a volunteer and quickly grew her role into a full-time position three months later. Since then, she’s helped bring life to our park, growing an extensive kitchen garden and meticulously caring for all of our plants and flowers. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Delaware, Anna went on to earn her master’s in herbal medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Her extensive education makes her uniquely qualified Read More

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

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

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

  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

DCNR Names New Park Manager for Washington Crossing Historic Park

  Last month, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Mike Kuzar to manage Washington Crossing Historic Park in Bucks County. “We are confident that the dedication and commitment to service Mike has exemplified at various roles within DCNR will translate to strong leadership at Washington Crossing,” Dunn said. “I am eager to see Mike take on the challenge of managing this amazing park, which has strong ties to our nation’s history, the local community, and to outdoor recreation in the region.” Kuzar will oversee the 500-acre park that preserves the site of George Washington’s dramatic boat crossing Read More

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