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

Reenactor Noah Lewis is Honored to Portray Artillerist Edward Hector

When Noah Lewis arrived for his first Christmas reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park, he wasn’t wearing a regimental coat. This was 15 years ago, and Noah had just gotten serious about being a reenactor. A fellow reenactor had promised to bring him a regimental coat, but he didn’t arrive. Noah couldn’t stand the thought of missing out on the reenactment, even in the brutal cold, so he went ahead without one. After Washington’s speech, which Noah listened to while shaking from the cold, a spectator approached and noted that Noah was doing a great job of looking cold. Since Read More

Join us for the First Crossing and 66th Annual Christmas Day Crossing

Each December, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch a reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas night river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats. This year, the public has two opportunities to witness this living history event: First Crossing Date: Sunday, December 9 Time: 10 AM to 4 PM Crossing begins around 1 PM Activities: Special colonial-era activities and demonstrations offer a full day of fun and learning. These activities do not take place on Christmas. Read More

Bowman’s Hill Tower Elevator Repaired

The elevator at Bowman’s Hill Tower is back in action! Visitors can decide to ride the elevator or climb all the way to the top. A favorite destination for Bucks County residents and visitors, Bowman’s Hill Tower rises 125 feet in the air and offers a 15-mile view on a clear day. Operating hours are 10 AM to 4 PM every day, weather permitting. The cost to ride the elevator or climb the stairs to the top is $7 per person. The tower can be included in a $15 combination ticket when visiting other attractions at Washington Crossing Historic Park. The tower is located near Read More

Next Book Club Pick: Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier

The Washington Crossing Historic Park book club wrapped up discussion of David Hackett Fischer’s Washington’s Crossing—so it’s time to start the next book! If you haven’t participated in the park’s free book club yet, now is a great time to jump in. Book club meetings are a fun and engaging way to deepen your knowledge about the Revolutionary War. Starting November 19 at 5:30 PM, the book club will discuss Joseph Plumb Martin’s A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier. Joseph Plumb Martin was a soldier in the Continental Army and Connecticut Militia during the Revolutionary War. For most of the war, he held the rank of Read More

Join the Washington Crossing Fifes and Drums

Aspiring musicians and historians alike are invited to join the ranks of the Washington Crossing Fifes and Drums, a new ensemble that will begin rehearsing in January 2019. Washington Crossing Fifes and Drums will play and perform military duties common to the armies of the American Revolution during special events and programs at Washington Crossing Historic Park. “Fifers and drummers were an integral part of 18th-century military life,” says Jennifer Martin, executive director of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. “Establishing this corps allows us to recreate the music of the era and illustrate the role these musicians played in Read More

A Tale of Two Paintings

If you’ve ever visited Washington Crossing Historic Park, you probably noticed that Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, is displayed in the Visitor Center Auditorium. But did you know that’s not the original painting? The very first version of the painting was seriously damaged in a fire in 1850 and ultimately destroyed in 1942 during a World War II bombing raid. Thankfully, Leutze painted a second version that was brought to the United States and eventually donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1897. In 1952, the Met loaned the painting to the Washington Crossing Park Commission, which Read More

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