Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing

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Washington Crossing Historic Park is a 500-acre (2 km2) state park operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in partnership with the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. The park is divided into two sections. One section of the park, the "lower park," is headquartered in the village of Washington Crossing located in Upper Makefield Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It marks the location of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River during the American Revolutionary War.

The lower park includes 13 historic buildings including McConkey's Ferry Inn, where General George Washington and his aides ate dinner and made plans prior to the crossing. Among the historic buildings is a 20th-century barn that houses 5 replica Durham Boats. Durham boats were large, open boats that were used to transport pig iron along the Delaware River at the time of the Revolution and these boats, along with the ferries and others, were used to transport soldiers, horses, and equipment across the river on the night of December 25–26, 1776. The replica boats are used each year when the nighttime crossing is reenacted in the park.

Located 4.5 miles away in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is the park's northern section, the "upper park." In its 100-acre area it contains (0.4 km2) Bowman's Hill Tower and the Thompson-Neely House, which was used as a military hospital during Washington's encampment in the area, and the graves of an estimated 40 to 60 soldiers who died there. The exact location of the graves is unknown, though they were partially unearthed during the construction of the nearby Delaware Canal in the early 19th century and during other nearby construction projects. Presently there are 23 memorial headstones as a reminder that the area is a gravesite.

The lower park contains a visitor's center, which was renovated from July 2011 to March 2013. The newly renovated visitor's center was opened March 10, 2013. It features a small exhibition with some Revolutionary war artifacts, and an original letter written by George Washington while in the McConkey's Ferry Inn. The park also has obtained a full size digital copy of Emanuel Leutze's 1851 painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, that is hanging in the auditorium.
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  • Wonderful riverside setting, with well preserved historic cottages, building and sites to explore along with wonderful walking paths on both sides of the Delaware River. 
    Wonderful riverside setting, with well preserved historic cottages, building and sites to explore along with wonderful walking paths on both sides of the Delaware River.  more »
  • Excellent museum--very informative and beautifully presented. We also took the one-hour tour which began with an excellent video. Then our tour guide took us outside to show us the grounds and... 
    Excellent museum--very informative and beautifully presented. We also took the one-hour tour which began with an excellent video. Then our tour guide took us outside to show us the grounds and...  more »
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  • My nine-year-old son and I had an amazing experience at Washington Crossing Park. We partook in the Crossing of the Delaware tour and Bowman’s Tower. The tour was very informative and kept my son’s attention the whole 60 minutes. (Which is a huge accomplishment.) Everyone was extremely friendly, and we can’t wait to come see the reenactment in December.
  • We went on a rainy day and fell in with a group who had a wonderful guide from the park. It was so interesting that we happily stood under umbrellas. He really made the whole operation and battle come to life. I hadn't realized the crucial role that victory played in the Revolution. Because of the weather we didn't tour the village. We did have an excellent lunch at the inn. This is a beautiful place and a great opening into our country's history.

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