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Durham boats make the first of two crossings


The first of two Delaware River reenactment crossings took place on Dec. 11.

Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas night river crossing.

During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Gen. Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

On Dec. 11, in addition to the crossing, special Colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village were held for families.

The 70th annual Christmas Day crossing will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 25. The Christmas Day crossing is free, and it is recommended that visitors arrive well before 1 p.m. to ensure a good place along the viewing line.

River crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants. However, even if conditions do not allow for crossing, ceremonies, speeches and commemorative activities still occur.

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