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Follow Washington’s troops through New Hope before the legendary crossing


Nearly 900 soldiers encamped in New Hope, then named Coryell’s Ferry, for two weeks prior to George Washington’s legendary crossing of the Delaware River to the decisive Battle of Trenton on Dec. 25, 1776.

Two days later the troops returned to Coryell’s Ferry to prepare for their second crossing of the Delaware to wage the Battle of Assunpink Creek, or the Second Battle of Trenton.

General Washington, himself, visited Coryell’s Ferry several times to prepare his generals for the imminent battles. And two years later, the entire Continental Army—14,000 strong, with about 500 wives who followed their husbands into battle, marched along Old York Road and crossed the Delaware River at New Hope’s historic Ferry Landing as they marched to the important Battle of Monmouth.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, the New Hope Historical Society will inaugurate a new walking tour that will trace the footsteps of George Washington and his army through New Hope. Led by Historical Society past-president and current board member Roy Ziegler, the new tour will offer a colorful picture of New Hope’s role as Coryell’s Ferry in the American Revolutionary War.

Tickets are limited, so the New Hope Historical Society suggests making reservations now at