"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

December 25, 1776

On Christmas Day, 1776, General George Washington and members of the Continental Army and the militia, crossed the Delware River, changing the fate of the colonies forever. And it all began here, at what is now called, "Washington's Crossing Park."

Diary after diary chronicle the horrible weather conditions for this journey across the Delaware. Rain, sleet, and bitter snow pelted the soldiers in complete darkness.

By risking this courageous crossing, Washington and his troops marched into Trenton, NJ, where they surprised the Hessians and achieved resounding victory. This defeat reignited the cause of Freedom and gave new life to the American Revolution!

During the winter encampment of 1776-1777, NY Artillery Captain James Moore and many other unknown soldiers died of camp fever. For unknown reasons, Captain Moore's death was the only one recorded.

The absolute location of the soldiers' remains are unknown. When the Delaware Canal came through in the early 1800s, as well as other building projects, ground disturbance surfaced many of the soldiers' partial remains. It is believed that 40-60 unknown soldiers are buried throughout the Soldier's Grave site.

The tombstones that stand today are only representative of the many souls buried here. (There are actually about 20 tombstones lined up. I just couldn't get them all in the picture.)

Originally, I was going to save this blog for "White Wednesday", but then I got sick and missed it!

Washington's Crossing Park was founded in 1917 to preserve the site of where the Continental Army crossed.

The park interprets early 19th Century living. Here is a Spring House, which was a 19th Century refrigerator!

This is the Frye House, which was used as a tenant home for craftsmen. It's believed that the county blacksmith lived here.

Frye House from behind.

If you're ever in Bucks County, PA, Washington's Crossing Park is a beautiful place to visit!

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