Park Volunteer Blossoms at Hibbs House Garden

    It takes some helping hands to maintain the historical plants at the Hibbs House Kitchen Garden and share its harvest with the community. Joanna McClintock shares her experience as a garden volunteer. “My husband and I wanted to retire in a Bucks County town near the Delaware and be closer to our grandkids who live in Pennington, NJ, so we chose Washington Crossing. I always admired the view of the park as I drove back across ‘the skinny bridge’ and thought maybe there was something I could do there to volunteer and get involved in the community. I Read More

Park Horticulturalist Named Harrison Fellow

    Washington Crossing Park Historical Horticulturalist, Anna Davis, was recently named a Harrison Fellow of the Historic Landscape Institute after attending a weeklong immersive learning program in Charlottesville, VA. The program was presented by the Historic Landscape Institute at Monticello and the University of Virginia, two sites where Thomas Jefferson used his knowledge and love of gardening to create culturally and historically relevant landscapes. Both sites are also on the elite UNESCO World Heritage List. “The program was a combination of lectures, workshops, and hands-on experiences where we learned how the landscapes were used, how they changed over time Read More

Pennington Resident Donates Revolutionary War Era Sword

  On July 4, 2022, Lisa Thorndike of Pennington, NJ, and her sons Alden and Michael Thorndike presented an American small sword to Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA). Named the “Thorndike sword,” the blade had been in the Thorndike family since the Revolutionary War and dates to between 1730 and 1760. “It’s the continuing mission of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park to preserve and present Revolutionary War history to our visitors and guests.” says John Godzieba, President of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park and the reenactor who portrays General Washington. “Artifacts, such as this sword, are tangible connections Read More

Lifelong Musician Finds Community in Fife & Drum Corps

    The musicians in Washington Crossing Fife & Drum Corps come from a variety of backgrounds, but they join together to share the music of our nation’s history with the community of today. Volunteer Mary Jane Beck shares how the Fife & Drum Corps uses music to bring people together. “I started helping at the park with school groups during Colonial Days about five years ago. We’ve lived in the area for 40 years and I’ve always enjoyed history and being active. Volunteering gave me a hands-on way to be involved. When Stacy put out a flier in 2018 Read More

Staff Spotlight: Guy Sava

  A dedicated history buff, our Visitor Services Coordinator Gaetano “Guy” Sava III has been lending his knowledge and skills to Washington Crossing Park for over 12 years. It all began when he chose renovations on Bowman’s Hill Tower for his Eagle Scout Project after extensive research. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy put a damper on things and he took up working in the gift shop instead. Here, Guy was inspired by the tours and eventually became a tour guide for the renovated Visitor Center.  After time at Bucks County Community College, Guy transferred to Temple and earned his bachelor’s in business Read More

Continuing an Ancestral Legacy of Fife & Drum

  From the First Crossing to our annual Memorial Day Ceremony, the volunteers of the Fife & Drum Corps bring both music and history to events at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Drummer Micah Goldsberry shares why he joined the Fife & Drum Corps and his experience as a volunteer. “In 2020, my brother and I launched a genealogy research project to see if we had any ancestors from the American Revolution. Sure enough we found one and were able to prove the lineage; our 6th great grandfather was a Hessian drummer who served in the 3rd English Waldeck regiment. He Read More

Staff Spotlight: Ross Heutmaker

We can all agree that our sheep and goats are an integral part of our park, but their joyful presence wouldn’t be possible without our Farmstead Manager, Ross Heutmaker. His duties include managing a crew of volunteers, land management at the farmstead, assisting Anna Davis-Agostini—our Historical Horticulturist—with garden maintenance, assisting with the operation and upkeep of the park’s Grist Mill, and of course, overseeing the care of our animals.    While Ross didn’t specifically prepare to become a sheep farmer, he fits perfectly into this important role at the park. He is a graduate of The College of New Jersey where Read More

Staff Spotlight: Anna Davis

A lover of all things nature and history, Anna is the perfect fit as the park’s Historical Horticulturist. She first joined the park in 2014 as a volunteer and quickly grew her role into a full-time position three months later. Since then, she’s helped bring life to our park, growing an extensive kitchen garden and meticulously caring for all of our plants and flowers. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Delaware, Anna went on to earn her master’s in herbal medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Her extensive education makes her uniquely qualified Read More

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