Washington Crossing, NJ: The Washington Crossing Park Association will hold a Revolutionary War Weekend, October 14-15, as a regional program to highlight colonial life in America, American Revolutionary War history, and the heritage of the Washington Crossing State Park.  It will also serve as a way to showcase the natural and environmental importance of the area.  Plans include:

  • Estimated attendance of more than 1,000, targeting families and children, public historians, students and teachers — all segments of the general public.
  • Activities and programs by 100-150 re-enactors and crafts-people on Saturday and Sunday. Confirmed participation by the 9th Pennsylvania Light Infantry. Coren’s Independent Artillery, and Outwaters’ Militia, and more to follow.
  • Special tours of the Swan Historical Foundation’s collection in the museum in the Park’s Visitor Center.
  • Tours and demonstrations of colonial life at the Johnson Ferry House and the Stone Barn, including hearth cooking, weaving, woodworking, blacksmithing.
  • Demonstrations in the Stone Barn (second floor) to include painting miniature soldiers, creating dioramas, participating in the Battle of Trenton war game.
  • Creating an “American Revolution Trail” with information tables representing local and state historic organizations and sites, book sellers, nature/wildlife groups, and weapons’ displays (and even General Washington!).
  • Scheduling a wide-variety of programs and presentations including:
    -understanding Revolutionary War flags,
    -archaeology,
    -readings to kids by General George Washington,
    -historic author presentations,
    -special programs at the Nature Center (a historic landscape hike and Native Americans).

It will be a weekend filled with programs and activities to highlight New Jersey and the Crossroads of the American Revolution.