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“Inspirational”

Washington Crossing Historic Park
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Owner description: The 500-acre Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) hosts thousands of visitors every year, from local schoolchildren to visitors from around the world, who come to see the point from which a battered and dispirited American army launched a counterattack that reversed its long losing streak, preserving its will to fight and maintaining the revolutionary spirit that would lead to independence for the United States. But Washington Crossing Historic Park represents much more than a single event. Restored Colonial buildings in the park, such as the Thompson-Neely House and McConkey Ferry Inn, give many clues about living conditions during the Revolutionary era. Later, homes and shops reveal how 19th-century rural Pennsylvanians lived and worked. Among them are the home of a prosperous merchant, a village general store, and homes for skilled artisans. The park also contains Bowman's Hill Tower, Revolutionary War soldiers' graves, stone memorials, picnic pavilions and historic collections.
New Delhi, India
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Inspirational”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Where George Washington crossed the Delaware river to attack the British-hired German mercenaries at Pennsylvania is the village called Washington Crossing. The place is truly inspirational if you know the history behind the same. The place is indeed sylvan, with the majestic Delaware flowing gushingly and to think that it was Christmas eve when he crossed over to Trenton (New Jersey) can make goose-pimples come up on your skin even now.

Yet the place is still being set up for visitors - a small museum of sorts has just been set up and thrown open to public. The place is maintained with typical American gusto and passion. It needs more exhibits, more shows and more publicity. Otherwise and will always remain inspirational indeed.

Visited June 2013
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Federal Way, Washington
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385 reviews
184 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
“Learned a lot of history very quickly”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

My wife and I grew up in the area and had visited all parts of the park many times over the last 69 years but today we visited the new visitor center and took a guided tour for $6 a head that was well worth it. A gentleman in period costume led just 4 of us. We started with the movie, which gave us some good background and then moved on to the monument stone, the boathouse, the battle diagram and a tavern / house that stood near the site. Our host had lived in a house on the property growing up. The "ah-ha" of the tour was a detailed explanation of why Washington chose this sight and this time to launch the attack. We were unaware of the precarious tactical situation he was in and the importance of this battle to the war. We also did not know about the mistakes made by the British. It gave the crossing and the battle a whole new perspective that we never learned about in school.

Visited May 2013
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Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“History, History, History!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

The launching pad for the battle that turned Washington's campaign around...a wealth of guides who know the batlle. Well-maintained, and best to visit when bringing my grandson!

Visited April 2013
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Needham, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
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“Tours not given every day”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

We visited the new Visitors Center on a Tues, when no public tours were given. There is not much to see inside. There is a movie, but we were not told about it. We only got to see it, I think, because we walked into the auditorium as it was being shown to a private tour group. We were even asked to leave the auditorium after the movie.

One of the postcards had a picture of replicas of the Durhams boats used to cross the Delaware, and when I asked where they were, we were told we couldn't see them because that was part of the tour.

I am sure there are very good tours, but be warned, if you go on a day when there are no tours, do not expect to see much. We were just passing though and visited here the only day we could and were disappointed in our visit. My advice is to check their website before you visit to see about tours.

Visited April 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“EPIC”
Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

History, duck feeding, biking, hiking along trails and fishing!Just don't eat at the patriot's crossing tavern it's terrible and overpriced ....This park is pretty cool all in all

Visited April 2013
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