I love history. I don’t think my kids understand history yet, but I’m hoping that by constant exposure, they’ll see that history really is more than a collection of fun stories. We recently moved away from the East Coast, but during our last few weeks there, we visited as many historical sites as possible. This trip to Washington Crossing was just three days before we moved across the country. I took a ton of pictures because it may be a long time until we get back there.
What is the significance of Washington Crossing? Washington Crossing is the name of a town on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. During the Revolutionary War at the time of this battle, Great Britain appeared to be winning the war; the battle at Trenton was the turning point. Trenton (the capital of New Jersey) lies close to the Delaware River, making it an easy place for soldiers to rest and regroup. In this case, the Red Coats were relaxing for Christmas in town. So, on Christmas night in 1776, in the dark cold of winter, George Washington led the troops across the Delaware River and to a surprise attack in Trenton, NJ.
This field trip was to the historic village at the site of Washington’s Crossing. They have the actual house that Washington stayed at, as well as several other historical homes and such.
Sometimes, after a brief description, pictures speak louder than words.