In the Bookstore: The Road to Assunpink Creek
Reviewed by Tom Maddock, Historical Interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park David Price has put together a wonderful account of the Second Battle of Trenton in his new book, The Road to Assunpink Creek. It presents the details of a battle that doesn’t get as much press as the others. David lays out the details in an engaging and understandable way. He has organized those details in an easy-flowing style and makes the story come alive with his wonderful writing. He makes it easy to understand and appreciate the heroics of the Battle of Assunpink Creek. David has drawn details from Read More
Local Student Chronicles the Crossing for National History Day
When tenth grader Emma Dumitru visited Washington Crossing Historic Park last summer with her family, it was one of many local sites they visited. The Dumitru family, of Springfield, NJ, also took day trips to Valley Forge National Park, the New York Historical Society, Morristown, NJ, where Washington’s Continental Army camped twice for the winter, and other places. But something about Washington Crossing Historic Park stuck with Emma, a student in George Washington University Online High School. So much so that she made the crossing the subject of her National History Day entry for 2019. “I’ve always been interested in Read More
Meet the Next Volunteer of the Year!
Eight years ago, Anita Fleck-Cooke, who serves as an artillery commander during Washington Crossing Historic Park’s reenactments, invited several other reenactors back to her home for dinner after the Christmas crossing. Last year, the site shifted to the Mahlon K. Taylor House in the park’s Historic Village. That building better accommodated the 38 people who attended. “We call it the ‘Island of Misfit Toys Christmas Dinner,’ since so many of us are away from our families for Christmas dinner,” Anita says. The event underscores the close-knit relationships among the people who animate the park today. It’s also one example of Read More
Next Book Club Pick: Following the Drum
If you haven’t yet participated in the Washington Crossing Historic Park book club, now is the perfect time to join! The club is starting discussion of a new book at its next meeting on June 17 at 5:30 PM in the Visitor Center. Book club meetings are led by park curator Kimberly McCarty. For the next few months, the club will discuss Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment by Nancy K. Loane. Following the Drum tells the oft-forgotten story of women who spent the winter of 1777-78 with the Continental Army at Valley Forge. Some women worked as the army’s Read More
Celebrate American Independence With Us!
Celebrate Independence Day by bringing the whole family back in time—to July 4, 1776! From July 4-6, the Friends of Washington Crossing Park will host a three-day celebration of our nation’s founding. Thursday, July 4: Living History Day Bring the kids to Washington Crossing Historic Park to watch living historians demonstrate their crafts, tour the buildings in the Historic Village, and see a military encampment from noon to 4 PM. A highlight of the day will be readings of the Declaration of Independence at 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Refreshments will be available for purchase. All Read More
Book Review of “The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777”
Reviewed by David Price, Washington Crossing Historic Park Historical Interpreter Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Rick Atkinson has authored the first in a trilogy that chronicles the military history of the Revolution. After producing three acclaimed volumes on the Allied European campaign in World War II (known as the “Liberation Trilogy”), this distinguished author has turned his attention to the struggle for independence in what promises to be collectively a seminal work in the voluminous literature of the Revolutionary War. Atkinson’s narrative style is crisp and fast-paced; he tells his story with a refreshing energy and enthusiasm. This is a true page-turner Read More
The Son of the Statue Cutter
Michael Grubb and his wife, Anne, stopped by the offices of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park in early March with a family photo album in hand. Their visit was remarkable for a couple of reasons. For one, the Grubbs were living in Texas at the time. And Michael is the son of Larry Vincent Grubb, the primary stone cutter of the near-life-size statue fashioned after Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River that resides next to the Washington Crossing Inn. The statue was crafted in and gifted to the Washington Crossing Foundation by the town Read More
Memorial Day Ceremony Set for May 26
Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 26 at 1 PM at the gravesite of Continental soldiers located near the Thompson-Neely House. The observation will include a colonial color guard, fife and drum music, Revolutionary War reenactors, the Guardians of the National Cemetery Firing Party, Daughters of the American Revolution, veterans, and other guests. During the event, American flags will be placed on the graves. The gravesite marks the resting place of soldiers who died during the Continental army’s December 1776 encampment in Bucks County. Although no Americans were killed during the Delaware River crossing Read More