Saturday, December 11, 2010
General Washington Rehearsed???
Tomorrow, December 12th, is the rehearsal day for the 2010 Christmas Day Re-enactment of George Washington Crossing the Delaware. Who knew that Washington rehearsed?
You can meet General Washington and his officers...
And those patriots whose names we may never know...
A lot of locals - even those who have lived here for decades - have never seen the actual re-enactment due to the General planning his attack on the Hessians in Trenton on Christmas Day when most of us have family obligations.
I have attended a Christmas crossing and two rehearsals over the years, but, unless you are an historical purist [which would also mean going there in the middle of the night...which, in this litigious age, isn't going to happen], you are better off going to the rehearsal when they not only re-enact the actual crossing, but have all kinds of activities on the Pennsylvania side - inside and out:
The year we attended the actual Christmas Day crossing, we were stunned by how many foreign visitors were there and how few Americans.
There is an entry fee on the Pennsylvania side, but it's a great activity for everyone with some education thrown in. Be sure to take your camera. Dress warmly. Activities at Washington Crossing Historic Park on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the crossing at 1 p.m. [weather permitting].
There are a few sites with information: Bucks Local News and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.