Washington Crossing Historic Park
Where Washington made his famous trip across the Delaware
Washington Crossing on Christmas Day
History buffs get into the spirit of the season when they witness Washington Crossing the Delaware River, a free, annual reenactment staged at 1 p.m. on Christmas Day at Washington Crossing Historic Park. A day of family-friendly activities accompanies the full dress rehearsal a few weeks prior to the real thing.
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See the spot where the General George Washington’s boats quietly took the soldiers to the battles of Trenton and Princeton. Walk among the grounds where his troops waited patiently by the side of the Delaware River, close by several historic houses and work buildings that represent Pennsylvania industry and home life in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
But it’s not all about history. The network of trails that lead throughout the forested grounds are great for walking, running and hiking, as well as cycling.
On Christmas night, 1776, Gen. George Washington and his revolutionary troops met here to secretly cross the Delaware River, so that they could surprise the British and Hessian troops presumably celebrating in Trenton, several miles south. The park has been preserved as both a historic and nature area by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The park is in two sections: the lower park holds the visitor center and several buildings, and the upper park once functioned as an infirmary during the battles and an original grist mill. The visitor center video tells of the 10 days from the time of the crossing through the revolutionaries’ victories at Trenton and Princeton.
Open Tuesday through Sunday. Bowman’s Tower, which is also in the park, is open seasonally.