Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA, USA
www.washingtoncrossingpark.org - (215) 493-4076
Washington Crossing Historic Park Reviews
For American history buffs, this is worth crossing! Jun 05, 2016
Located more than an hour outside of Philadelphia, in Bucks County, Washington Crossing Historic Park is the location where the crossing of the Delaware happened, led by George Washington on Christmas night in 1776. More about the history of the event, in the blog entry. This review will be mainly about visiting the park.
Washington Crossing Historic Park is divided into 2 parts, a Lower part and Upper part. And those 2 parts are about 3 ½ miles (or 5.7 kilometers) apart, so you can either walk or drive between the 2 parts. As far as getting to the park from Philadelphia, the only way is by car, as I don’t think there are even any tour buses that go there. I did not see any there.
The Lower part is the main part, with the visitor center, Durham Boat House and the McConkey’s Ferry Inn. There is an option to see these things on a guided tour, which also includes a short film at the start of the tour. While the tour was very informative, as the guide was really good, I find myself thinking, the only reason to pay for one, is to go inside the McConkey’s Ferry Inn. Not necessarily a bad thing, as I find the house tour to be interesting, so yes, I thought the guided tour was worth it.
Inside the visitor center, is a short film, which serves as the starting point for visiting Washington Crossing. And a small museum, which has some displays on the crossing, and a bunch of period furniture on display. A good museum, as I thought the displays about blacks in the Revolutionary War were interesting. Worth checking out, if time permits, and very short to see.
Then there’s the Upper part, with sites that require additional admission, and that a car is the only way between some of these sites. There is the Bowman’s Hill Tower, which has some views of the surrounding Bucks County area. But have to say, not really spectacular. And it can be hard to reach. An okay place, but I would say, it can be skipped. And the Thompson-Neely House can only be seen on a guided tour, but worth checking out. Different rooms representing different time periods, with different period furniture. And the guide there, was very informative.
Also there, are the Soldiers’ Grave, which is a mass grave from the Revolutionary War. Only one gravestone has a name, while the others are unknown. Out of the way, not really much to see. And the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, is basically a nature park. Only if interested to see some plants on display, that are also on sale.
Overall, I think the Lower part is definitely worth a visit, which is where a significant part of American history happened. And enough reason to take a day trip to Washington Crossing. The Upper part is nice to check out, but only if time permits.
Of course, it goes without saying, that if you are NOT into American history at all, then definitely skip it completely, as it is not worth your time at all.
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