Looking to the year ahead

George Washington and his troops once again successfully crossed the Delaware on December 9 during our First Crossing, continuing a long tradition enjoyed by generations. The annual reenactments commemorate the courage of Washington’s valiant troops and the sacrifices they made for the freedoms Americans enjoy today. Although high river levels prevented us from crossing on Christmas Day, the many visitors who attended enjoyed hearing General Washington’s speech and interacting with our many reenactors. We thank all of the reenactors and support staff who made this year’s two reenactments possible. These individuals are volunteers, some of whom have given decades of service to the reenactment. Without Read More

The Story of the Statue

You’ve probably driven past the corner of River Road and Route 532 in Washington Crossing and spotted an almost life-size sculpture depicting Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River. Have you ever wondered why it’s there? Contrary to what many believe, the statue is not owned or maintained by the park. Here’s the full story. In 1974, as the United States approached its bicentennial, a Chamber of Commerce official named Merle Edington in Bedford, Indiana, wanted to present the American people with a gift from the citizens of Bedford in celebration of our nation’s heritage. He envisioned depicting an important event Read More

Breaking Bread with a Historical Baker

No matter how early you arrive at Washington Crossing Historic Park for the First Crossing on December 9, you’ll probably start your day much later than historical baker Justin Cherry. That’s because Justin, a professional cook who runs Half Crown Bakehouse in Charleston, S.C., will be getting his baking started early in the morning. Before reenactors and the public arrive at 10 AM, he needs to get a fire going in his mobile clay oven, which was built last year based on descriptions of an oven in Georgia in the 1730s. Then it’s time to get the bread started. Colonial-Era Read More

Winter Weather Tests Reenactor Marjory Wienkop

With at least 25 years of crossings behind her, Marjory Wienkop will be among the longest-standing participants at the Christmas crossing reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park. She got her start as an artillery soldier, but for most of the years she’s participated, Marjory has portrayed a captain. When she reflects on her memories of the crossings, it’s populated with the countless people she’s met, fellow reenactors and guest dignitaries alike. Having led so many crews across the Delaware, the weather tends to shape her most vivid recollections. “A lot of my memories tend to revolve around the weather,” she Read More

Reenactor Ronald Rinaldi Stood at Washington’s Side—And in His Shoes

Ronald Rinaldi, PhD, remembers the 1977 crossing like it was yesterday. Then a 15-year-old reenactor, Ronald was participating in his second Christmas Day reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park (his first was the bicentennial). He sat by a campfire watching the other reenactors prepare to cross the Delaware River when he felt a tap on the shoulder. It was St. John Terrell, the reenactment’s founder. “Come with me,” he was told. Terrell, in his final crossing, wanted Ronald right next to him in the boat. It was a day Ronald will never forget. So much so that 30 years later, Read More

Students Produce Award-Winning Documentary on Ten Crucial Days

  While you’re attending the First Crossing on December 9, be sure to stop into the Visitor Center to catch a screening of The 10-Day Stand that Defined a Free Country. This 10-minute film will be shown on the hour from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Visitor Center. John Weaver and Arjun Agarwal (pictured) produced The 10-Day Stand for National History Day in 2017 when they were eighth-graders at Lawrence Middle School in Lawrenceville, NJ. “Each year, I would have students conduct an in-depth research project modeled on the National History Day format,” says Priscilla Taylor, who taught Agarwal and Weaver through the school’s Read More

Reenactor Denis Cooke Reflects on Nine-mile March to Trenton

Denis Cooke, a member of the 5th Pennsylvania Regiment and a volunteer at Washington Crossing Historic Park, says his most memorable reenactment moment took place during the 225th anniversary of the crossing. That was back in 2001, when Washington Crossing Historic Park supplemented its annual Christmas reenactment with another reenactment, a few days later, of the nine-mile march to Trenton. Reenactors poured into the area from all over the east coast to reenact the march. Denis remembers the pre-dawn bus ride just as vividly as the march itself. In the middle of the night, the reenactors were bussed from the Trenton Read More

Henry Knox Challenge Coin Available Now

Introducing the 2018 Washington Crossing Historic Park Challenge Coin! The Henry Knox Challenge Coin can be purchased in the Visitor Center gift shop. Including tax, the cost is $17.76. This year’s Challenge Coin features Henry Knox, a Revolutionary War general who helped to develop the Continental Army. He served as Chief Artillery Officer, General, and ultimately Secretary of War under President Washington. As the chief of the Continental army’s artillery, Knox aimed to build “a well-regulated and numerous body of Artillery” that could transform his so-called “receptacle for ragamuffins” into a strong army. Knox’s work with the army’s artillery arsenal Read More

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