Frozen Delaware River at Washington Crossing, PA

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The Delaware River has ice on it as the river did when Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River to stop the invading troops north near Trenton.  If you look very closely at this photo on the left where the bank meets the river, there are 2 small boats, reproductions of the boats used by Washington and his troops back in 1776.  Every Christmas there is a reenactment of this historic crossing.

Site of Washington's Crossing on the Delaware River

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Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
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Brrrr.  It's very pretty but it looks cold!  That's a big river you've got there...

Jan 28, 2011 05:48 AM #1
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Bruce Walter
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Hey, neat shot there Doug and Gloria!  Perhaps the little ice age is coming back as it was in the time of Washington!(it ended around 1850).  He pulled off a desperate plan with his crossing on Christmas night 1776 to keep the Revolution alive!  General Washington was an amazing leader!  Thanks for the picture!

Jan 28, 2011 05:52 AM #2
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Gloria Todor
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Brenda, It is a nice sized river.  Great for kayaking and inner tubing in the summer.

Bruce, Like that weather tidbit about the ice age.  Would like to hear more.  This area is so full of history.  I grew up near Valley Forge and enjoyed sledding down hills occupied by Washingotn's troops.

Thanks for stopping by!
Gloria

Jan 28, 2011 07:05 AM #3
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As pretty as it is, I'm quite certain that if you look up cold in the dictionary, this picture is right beside its definition.

Jan 28, 2011 10:10 AM #4
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Hi Doug and Gloria - did I mention that I crossed the Delaware Water Gap Bridge yesterday when going skiing at Camelback - beautiful with all the ice and snow!  Great photo and history lesson!

Jan 28, 2011 12:06 PM #5
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Doug and Gloria,

Nice photo and great historical tie-in. Thanks. :)

Steve

Jan 28, 2011 12:45 PM #6
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Tim Peterson
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wow thanks-what a beautiful and historic site-hope it was a little warmer then

Jan 28, 2011 01:21 PM #7
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Did Washington really cross the Delaware, or is it a myth like chopping down that cherry tree? J♪♫♫♪

Jan 28, 2011 02:00 PM #8
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Gloria Todor
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Craig, Yes very cold indeed!

Kristine, Gosh have not been up that way for a long time.  It is pretty with all that ice and snow.  Hope the skiing was good too!

Steve, Thank you!

Tim, I believe that winter was a real cold one in 1776.  Many men died because of the cold.  Washington's army held out in Valley Forge because the winter was so brutal.

Jim, No this is a true story.  The land right above the boats (to the left in the photo) is Washington Crossing National Park.  Not sure where the cherry tree is though....

Thanks all for stopping! 
gloria

Jan 28, 2011 02:18 PM #9
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Gloria, The History Channel had a great program called:  THE LITTLE ICE AGE: The Big Chill.  It lasted from around A.D. 1300-1850.  I remember people scoffing about the "romanticized" painting of Washington crossing the Delaware with ice flows, because those critics lived in the 20th century and they had never seen ice in that part of the river.  The History Channel put it all into perspective just how cold it was back in the 1700's!  It is well documented in Indiana that 1816 was "The Year Without A Summer", where hard freezes happened in June and July wiping out most of the crops and causing dangerous shortages of the food supply.

Jan 29, 2011 03:16 AM #10
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Still..  Just plain cold.  I would like to see boats on that river, not ice!!!!

Jan 29, 2011 03:59 AM #11
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Bruce, Wow that is fascinating!  I remember hearing about how brutal it was for the soldiers in Valley Forge that one winter.  The History Channel is a great place to learn stuff like that. Hopefully I can catch that show.  Thanks for coming back to share that information!

Chris, I'm with you, I prefer to see fisherman in their boats and kayakers and people riding the current in inner tubes!  I bet George would have preferred it too! Thanks for stopping!

Gloria

Jan 29, 2011 06:44 AM #12
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Doug and Gloria,

Congratulations. Your post is now featured on "Observances and Celebrations." :)

Steve

Jan 31, 2011 01:37 PM #13
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Wow!  Thank you Steve!  

Bruce Walter added some interesting information about Washington's crossing.

 

Jan 31, 2011 01:53 PM #14
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This year will be starting rumors that he and his troops walked accross the Delaware !!!

Feb 05, 2011 12:44 AM #15
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That's a great picture and thanks for sharing the history lesson.

Feb 14, 2011 11:19 PM #16
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Drew Kinslow

This shot brings back sooo many memories. I grew up in Washington Crossing. We moved there the summer of 1976. That island in the picture was a major stepping stone to alot of the local kids fishing expeditions. Along the shoreline by the tied up Durham boat, there was a deep (8-10 ft) hole that the big catfish liked to hide in. And every year some doofus on a canoe or tube would go over the wing dam up in New Hope and end up getting themselves drowned. That island was one of the usual places the Fish and Game and local police would check for them. How do I know? You haven't lived till you find yourself wading waist deep in a river trying to make it out to the island when a guy in a uniform, in a john boat and a loong pole asks if you've seen anything odd float past lately?

That's also the spot that the durham boats take off from every year during the reenactment of George going to Trenton. thats quite a sight in and of itself! Especially when you know the re-enactors are from the local fire dept, police dept, and various locals who've only practiced in those boats MAYBE 2 or 3 times prior to actually doing it in front of spectators. I always enjoyed watching one half of the boat paddling one way whilest the other paddles the other and the good general holds on for dear life!

Thank you again for getting that picture from the bridge. I needed a home town infusion.

 

 

 

Jun 21, 2011 06:01 PM #17
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Gloria Todor
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Drew, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your "history" with this historical location.  You knew the river well.  Wow, adventure over the falls...the current can be stronger than you think.  Thanks for the trivia about the actual players in the re-enactment.  Gosh that winter when it really happened must have been a cold one.

Maybe you will end up back in the area some day?  Sounds like you are living far away.....

Did you know the park has lost it's funding?

Gloria

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