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

Volunteer Spotlight: David Howard

David Howard is a history buff. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering he’s been a volunteer for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park for several years. What’s unusual, though, is his interest in the British perspective on the Revolutionary War. “I’ve read six books on it, and I include it in my narration,” says David, who leads tours of the park. “Half of Parliament was against the war. And the British generals didn’t want to fight the war, so they allowed Washington to get away a number of times. They could have ended the war much earlier. But those things aren’t Read More

Wine on the Waterfront Tickets Available Now

Wine on the Waterfront will return to the banks of the Delaware River at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Saturday, July 27, 12-4 PM. This year, Wine on the Waterfront will feature double the number of wineries, and the number of available tickets has been lowered to improve guest experience. All event proceeds will help the Friends of Washington Crossing Park provide educational and historical programming at the park. Tickets are available online only. What’s Included At this year’s Wine on the Waterfront event, you’ll enjoy live jazz music, beautiful scenery along the Delaware River, and one-ounce tastings of more than 40 varieties of wine from: Read More

An Evening with Rick Atkinson

Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Rick Atkinson will appear at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Friday, May 31, at 7:30 PM for a lecture, Q&A, and signing of his new book, The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777. This special event is co-hosted by the non-profit Friends of Washington Crossing Park and The David Library of the American Revolution, both of which will receive a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales. Atkinson’s latest book recounts the first twenty-one months of America’s violent war for independence. From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 Read More

Registration Open for Second Annual Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show

Washington Crossing Historic Park invites classic car owners to compete in the second annual Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 10 AM to 2 PM. As part of the park’s four-day Independence Day festivities, this unique show features only American, French, British and German cars, representing the four countries involved in the Revolutionary War. Registration Cars must be from American, French, British or German manufacturers. Cars from all years up to 1994 are welcome. Show capacity is 200 cars. Online registration is $20 from April 1-30 and increases to $25 on May 1. Online registration is available until July 5. Read More

Join the Friends of Washington Crossing Park


April is membership month for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park – the time when we encourage new members to join and current members to renew. The membership form is available on our website and takes less than five minutes to complete. Preserve Our History The Friends of Washington Crossing Park are committed to supporting Washington Crossing Historic Park as a historic site and offering educational programs and reenactments that promote the American Revolution as part of our national heritage. Proceeds from our membership program directly benefit this mission. The Friends have come a long way since our founding in 2009. The Read More

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