Gift Suggestions for the Colonial Lover in Your Life

  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      Stuffed Felt Ornaments  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 Read More

December Lecture Spotlights Lesser-Known Crossing Participants

George Washington, John Glover, Henry Knox, James Monroe – are all well-known participants in the 1776 Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River. But who were the other 2,396 people who comprised Washington’s army at the time?    Washington Crossing Historic Park curator Kimberly McCarty will introduce guests to a handful of these lesser-known figures during her December 4 lecture, titled “Who Was Here?” The 7 p.m. lecture is free and will be offered in-person and on Zoom. Registration for both in-person and virtual attendance is required on the DCNR website (click here to register). McCarty’s lecture will explore the lives Read More

High School Fifer Expands Musical Horizons

  While high school senior Calvin Deifer was already a multi-instrument musician, joining the Washington Crossing Historic Park Fife and Drums Corps presented a new challenge. He shares how his experience as a volunteer has expanded his musical skills and created a connection with the community. “I’ve always had an interest in history and music, so I decided to bring the two together by joining a historical music group. My mom showed me a flier for the Washington Crossing Historic Park Fife and Drum Corps about a year ago and I thought that would be a great way to expand Read More

Park Historical Interpreter Shines Light on Lesser-Known Rev War Battle

  Everyone knows about George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River and subsequent victory in Trenton, but less well known is the Battle of Harlem Heights, which took place in September 1776 on upper Manhattan Island.  Now, new light is now being shone on this important battle thanks to David Price, a historical interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Price’s new book, The Battle of Harlem Heights, 1776, will be released in December and will be available in the park’s gift shop or for pre-order online.   “The Battle of Harlem Heights is an underappreciated milestone in American military history,” Price Read More

Washington Crossing Streets Inspire Student to Write a Book About Their Namesakes

Ankita Achanta’s father began driving her to violin lessons when she was three years old. Her teacher lived near Washington Crossing Historic Park and young Ankita took notice of the unique names on the street signs they passed. They piqued her curiosity. “I saw General Mercer Avenue, General Knox Road and others, and I wondered who these people were,” says Ankita, who is now a senior at George School in Newtown. “When I was in fourth grade there was a book writing competition through the Southampton Library, so I decided to investigate this curiosity of mine and write a book Read More

How George Washington Became a Leader

Written by Thomas Maddock, a historical interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park.  Leadership is a complex topic because there are so many variables to becoming a leader. My definition of a leader is: “a person who others choose to follow.”  Why we choose to follow involves many issues. Paramount among these qualities are: ambition, vision, courage, conviction, belief in one’s self, perseverance, honesty, dedication, and a deep belief in the cause. George Washington’s many accomplishments were very important to the birth of our nation, but the interesting part is the obstacles he had to overcome. He was born into an Read More

Connecting With History as a Park Volunteer

  Living in Washington Crossing means having history right in your backyard. Gift Shop Volunteer Marilyn Konicky shares how volunteering at the park has helped her connect with the past. “I’ve lived in Washington Crossing for 25 years and when I retired in 2019, I knew I wanted to be involved in volunteering, particularly at the park. I’ve always enjoyed history and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become even more interested in the history of our country. I joined the Washington Crossing Daughters of the American Revolution in 2015 and learned so much about the huge encampment in Washington Crossing. Read More

Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Martin

  In her position as Executive Director, Jennifer Martin oversees a variety of areas, including daily operations, program development, fundraising, policies and procedures, volunteer management and human resources. “My favorite thing about my job is providing the community with opportunities to experience our history in a fun and engaging way. When people are able to connect with the park, it encourages park stewardship and ensures that our story is shared for years to come”. Martin has been an integral part of the Friends since 2013, formerly working as Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs. Prior to joining the Friends, Read More

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