Fans of the park have been closely following the progress of the $8.7 million Capital Project to preserve 17 historic buildings and structures throughout the park. The year-and-a-half-long undertaking is now 99% complete and in mid-December the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Department of General Services held a ribbon cutting to celebrate.
The rehabilitation included the refurbishment of historically accurate roofs and new windows, plastering and painting exteriors, and internal plumbing and electrical work. The project also included renovating and reopening restrooms near the Washington Pavilion and Thompson-Neely House and repaving the road to Bowman’s Hill Tower. All work was done using historic preservation methods.
In addition to preserving these historic structures, the project has created more usable space for the park and the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. Tentative plans call for the Friends to use the Mahlon Taylor House as its headquarters while other buildings may house an environmental education center and classroom space for visiting schoolchildren. The long-closed Taylorsville Store will also reopen to sell food and a variety of “Made in PA” items.