When to Go To New Hope, Washington Crossing: April is a good month to visit Gardens where on the second or third week in April the tulip gardens are in full bloom. Otherwise May until October are good months to visit and enjoy outdoor activities and the costumed re-enactments. Fourth of July is sure to bring costumed re-enactors for interesting sightseeing at Washington Crossing State Park
Christmas Day commemorates the crossing with a costumed reenactment.
How to Reach New Hope and Washington Crossing PA :
From the south take Route 95 to Baltimore, Stay on route 95 as it turns into 295 past Philadelphia. Find the turn off near the New Jersey State line, the last exit on I-95 before crossing the Delaware River. Head north on Route 32, River Road.
From the north,: Route I-95 to the Delaware River, the first exit in Pa on I-95. Head north on River road.
Philadelphia Airport (PHL) and rental car
New Hope, Bowman's Hill Tower, Washington Crossing, Delaware River, PA
The metal bridge over the Delaware River leads to a bike and walking trail beside the river on the Titusville, New Jersey side.
Loop trails range from seven to seventy miles along the Delaware and Raritan Canal.
On special holidays at Washington Crossing, costumed guides cook meals over open-hearth, colonial-style ovens while soldiers drill in preparation for the battle of Trenton.
Re-enactors take the part of Hessian soldiers
Bowman's Hill Tower is a 125 foot-high stone building constructed in 1933 to honor the Colonial soldiers who watched for the movement of British troops during preparations for Washington's crossing of the Delaware.
Photos Courtesy Bucks County Tourism
New Hope has emerged from its days as a canal locks and ferry port to a art community;l
The New Hope and Iveyland RR steam rail line leaves from a station at New Hope.
The Michener Art Museum, built in 1993 to honor Bucks County resident and Pulitzer Prize author James A. Michener, is a satellite museum for the first Michener Museum in nearby Doylston.
A small section of the canal locks in New Hope offers a canal barge ride pulled by mules.
In Christmas Day Re-enactment, the soldiers march toward Trenton NJ after crossing the Delaware River
The Town of New Hope along the banks of the Delaware River preserves its mid 1800s look by offering steam train rides and canal boat rides amid its artistic gift shops and galleries.
Below Bowman's Tower, the woods and fields have been given over to wild flowers, The Wildflower Preserve.
Across the road from the parking lot for Washington Crossing's Thompson-Neely House, the woods trails within the Delaware Canal State Towpath lead to the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers.
The grave sites at Washington Crossing State Park is open for visits. The home of prosperous millers became a hospital during the revolutionary War battles along the Delaware River.
The names of all but one of the soldiers who died in the area during the Winter of 1776 are unknown.
Across from the Thompson-Neely house, the burial grounds holds the remains of 23 soldiers.
The area dedicated to Soldier's Graves can be visited if the water levels of the river permit.
The grave sites area occupies high ground at the river's edge within the towpath park.
Ask at the Washington Crossing Museum or the Thompson-Neely House for directions and conditions at the grave site
Several covered bridges cross streams in the New Hope area
New Hope was once a canal boat and ferry stop but has re-emerged as an art community with an art museum, galleries, and specialty shops.
Bowman's Hill Tower
between New Hope and Washington Crossing
Bowman's Hill is a wild flower nature preserve
Fall at Bowman's Hill wild flower nature preserve
Delaware River near Bowman's Hill Tower
New Hope and Iveyland Steam Train Station