George Washington and his troops once again successfully crossed the Delaware on December 9 during our First Crossing, continuing a long tradition enjoyed by generations.
The annual reenactments commemorate the courage of Washington’s valiant troops and the sacrifices they made for the freedoms Americans enjoy today.
Although high river levels prevented us from crossing on Christmas Day, the many visitors who attended enjoyed hearing General Washington’s speech and interacting with our many reenactors.
We thank all of the reenactors and support staff who made this year’s two reenactments possible. These individuals are volunteers, some of whom have given decades of service to the reenactment.
Without the dedicated efforts of these volunteers and the support of the community, these programs would not be possible. The same is true of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park, which organizes all of the park’s fundraisers, field trips, and Living History events, including the crossing.
It’s thanks to these individuals that the work at Washington Crossing Historic Park continues to grow each year.
In 2018, we hosted tens of thousands of visitors, launched a growing membership program, reopened the Thompson-Neely Grist Mill and hosted our first year-long lecture series. The Friends have also welcomed new staff, and our volunteer corps has grown.
To help us make the most of 2019, consider supporting the Friends of Washington Crossing Park.
Money raised by the Friends supports educational and historical programming in the park, brings thousands of students to the park for tours, feeds the sheep at the Thompson-Neely Farmstead, and much more. You can donate right on our website.
We hope to see you at many of the park’s special events this year:
- George Washington’s 287th Birthday Party: February 17
- Wheat and Sheep Day: April 27
- Spring Brewfest: May 4
- Memorial Day Observance: May 26
- Independence Day: July 3-6
- Wine on the Waterfront: July 27
- Autumn Market & Encampment: October 12
- Fall Brewfest: October 26
- Crossing Reenactments: December 8 and 25