New Hope, Pa., and Lambertville, N.J., are quaint communities of picturesque old homes, specialty shops, restaurants and visitor attractions. They are only a few miles north of the (Pidcock) Thompson-Neely House.
|Looking south towards Bowman's Hill from the Delaware River bridge at New Hope|
|A street scene in New Hope|
|Life along the Delaware|
|A dinosaur guards New Hope's southern gateway.|
Several miles to the south of the (Pidcock) Thompson-Neely House are the headquarters, visitors center and historic buildings that make up the McConkey’s Ferry section of Washington Crossing Historic Park. Visitors can see the exact place where American soldiers boarded Durham boats to cross the Delaware as they began their surprise march on Trenton in December 1776. The Friends of Washington Crossing Historic Park coordinate special events and recruit and train tour guides. For more information, go to: www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/info/friends.htm
The New Jersey side
Across the Delaware River in New Jersey is Washington Crossing State Park, which is operated by the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection. This park has a Visitors Center Museum that is open daily. Another feature is the Johnson Ferry House, an early 18th-century farmhouse and tavern. General Washington likely used this building when he and his soldiers crossed the Delaware on Christmas night in 1776 during their march on Trenton. More information about this park is available at: www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/washcros.html
This scale model of a Durham boat is on display in the Visitors
Center Museum, Washington Crossing State Park, N.J. Early
Pidcocks operated boats such as this one on the Delaware
during the late 1700s and early 1800s.