Emanuel Leutze's famous 1851 painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, depicts what was perhaps the most decisive event of the American Revolutionary War.
The Durham boats, working river craft, used by Washington's army were brought to this site from near and far by American sympathizers. These authentic reproductions are used in the annual Christmas Day re-enactment of Washington's crossing.
The point of embarcation.
On a warm summer's day, it's hard to imagine an ice-choked river and several thousand men struggling to get across it. The river is about 1/4 mile wide at this point.
McConkey's Inn and Ferry were at the point of Washington Crossing, and anchored the village that became known as Taylorsville to the river. This is the original building.
The original buildings of downtown Taylorsville.
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The Thompson Neely House is part of Washington Crossing State Park but is located a few miles north on the River Road. This building was used as a hospital for wounded and sick soldiers just prior to the crossing.
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Washington Crossing State Park is located about seven miles north of Trenton, New Jersey. In the latter part of 1776 George Washington and his troops were in retreat across New Jersey after suffering defeats in New York at the hands of the British Armies. He crossed the Delaware River into Pennsylvania and used the river as a safety barrier to gain time to reorganize his troops when they were at a low point in the Revolutionary War. On Christmas night Washington and his men crossed back over the Delaware River at Mc Conkey's Ferry at what became known as Taylorsville. Late that night the troops marched to Trenton and defeated a garrison of Hessian soldiers in a surprise attack. This was a major turning point of the Revolutionary War. It is here at Washington Crossing State Park that marks the point of that heroic crossing.