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

Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel Lapidow

It was a chance encounter that led Daniel Lapidow to volunteer in the blacksmith shop at Washington Crossing Historic Park in the summer of 2012. He was walking his Newfoundland through the park when a man came bounding out of the trailer that housed the Visitor Center at the time and asked to pet his dog. They got to talking, and Daniel mentioned that he was a hobby blacksmith. Turned out, the Friends of Washington Crossing Park were actively searching for another volunteer blacksmith. Two weeks later, Daniel found himself in the shop for his first day—and perhaps a bit Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Joan Lindenau

Park volunteer Joan Lindenau grew up only blocks away from Independence Mall. She and her family used to walk their dogs past the Liberty Bell most nights. That’s why volunteering for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park was like reaching for a touchstone after Joan and her husband moved back to Bucks County following five years in Hawaii. Both Joan and her husband like to volunteer for all the major events at the park, including Washington’s birthday party in February, Autumn Market and Encampment in October, and the crossing reenactment in December, among others. In between, Joan also volunteers as Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Ryan

  Mary Ryan jokes that her colonial outfits are beginning to overwhelm her closet. She started making them at the suggestion of a manager at the park, who thought that it would enhance the visitors’ experience to see her and some of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park gardening in period clothing. Mary, who holds a degree in fashion design, began researching. “We wanted to look authentic, so it was very basic, plain clothing,” she says. That modest undertaking has evolved into a full-fledged sewing circle that includes other Friends volunteers of all abilities. Mary estimates that she’s been volunteering Read More

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