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Washington Crossing Historic Park

Things to Do in Bucks County

Have you ever seen the famous painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware? On Christmas night in 1776, war general and future president George Washington led the American Revolution’s forces across the Delaware River. Their sneak attack the following morning would become the first victory after a long string of defeats—a key moment in the history of America.

The Inn at Barley Sheaf is less than a half hour drive from the exact site where the crossing happened. Today it’s part of Washington Crossing Historic Park: more than 500 acres of restored Colonial-era shops, buildings, Revolutionary War graves, and other sites—including the inn where Washington planned the attack. Admission to the park is free.

Visit the park website before your arrival: events like the annual celebration of Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22) and the Washington Crossing Brewfest are worth attending in their own right. You can also arrange to take a tour through the park’s Historic Village, to Thompson-Neely House or Bowman’s Hill Tower for a small fee.

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