Inspirations and just A Bit of Bucks County…online
The incredible story and that Historic Crossing, captured in iconic paintings, and more recent movies such as A and E’s Network’s “The Crossing”, are commemorated and reenacted annually, and a media event broadcast around the world along the western banks of the Delaware River, on Christmas Day, from the Washington Crossing Historic Park. The Park includes a Visitor Center, historic village of homes, shops, and a replica Boat House. The Park is administered by The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC.
January 3, 1777, eight days later, the young Continental Army would again set out in darkness on frozen ground with the last of their ammunition, hardly any rations or sleep, pursuing and engaging the superior forces of the British in a sunrise surprise Battle of Princeton, leaving a canonball impression still visible, in the sandstone facade of Nassau Hall on the Princeton University campus. Charles Wilson Peale’s portrait of George Washington at the Battle of Princeton, painted from life sitting with the future president in 1783, is on display at the Princeton University Art Museum.
Visit David Hanauer’s Tour of Bucks County site, and read excerpts from General Washington’s Letters of the time, with great images of The Delaware, and Washington’s and the Continental Army’s Crossing, that fateful night, in Wintry Light.