"Side Trip to Washington Crossing Historic Park" Philadelphia Things to Do Tip by Ewingjr98

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  Washington Crossing looking into NJ from PA
by Ewingjr98

In 1776, at an especially low point for the colonists in the American Revolution, George Washington took a gamble. He decided to lead his force of 2,400 men across the Delaware River into New Jersey for a surprise attack against the 1,400-man Hessian garrison in Trenton, NJ. The attack came on a bitter cold winter night as the American forces crossed the Delaware on the night of Christmas. Washington attacked the Hessians around 8am on 26 December which resulted in a complete rout of the enemy mercenaries. The Battle of Trenton was quickly followed by the Second Battle of Trenton on January 2, 1777 and the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. On January 6, 1777, Washington's troops entered their winter encampment in Morristown, NJ. Frederick the Great once remarked that the 10 day span from December 25 to January 4 was the "he most brilliant of any recorded in the annals of military achievements."

Both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey sides of the Delaware River memorialize this historic event. In New Jersey you will find Washington Crossing State Park where 2,009 acres have been preserved. Here you will find a visitors center, museum, and interpretive center as well as a nature preserve, trails, picnic areas, cross country skiing, and camping. The park also administers the Trenton Battle Monument at the site of the battle. A $5 entrance fee is charged only on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

In Pennsylvania, Washington Crossing is a 500 acre State Historic Park at two locations along the shore of the Delaware River. This park contains a Memorial Building and Visitor Center, the Durham Boat House, McConkey's Ferry Inn, Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, Bowman's Hill Tower, Soldiers' Graves, and numerous historic buildings from the time of the crossing.

Address: 1112 River Rd, Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Directions: Washington Crossing is 34 miles north of Philadelphia near Trenton, NJ. From Philly take I-95 north to Exit 51 North (Taylorsville Road). Turn right on General Washington Memorial Blvd and the park will be right before the bridge along River Road.
Phone: 215-493-4076
Website: http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/

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  • Updated Apr 7, 2007
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