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Washington Crossing Chapter,

Daughters of the American Revolution

Yardley, PA 

Saturday morning meetings; second Saturday of the month; seven meetings per year Click here to send e-mail.



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 Situated in the heart of the Delaware Valley, "Washington Crossing" was selected as the DAR chapter name to commemorate the crossing of the Delaware River on December 25, 1776.   Gen. George Washington, commander of a fledgling army, was faced with the onset of winter and a military unit decimated by low morale and desertions.  As the Christmas season approached, the wounded and defeated army was encamped on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River.  The remnants of Washington's army were honorable men, awaiting their release from military service as enlistment expired on January 1st.  With only three weeks of the enlistment period remaining, Washington conceived a bold plan to salvage the concept of an independent American nation.

On Christmas Eve Washington's creative plan was put into motion.  Although the remnants of three army divisions were ordered to cross the icy cold river during a severe sleet storm, only one group of 2400 men led by Washington himself successfully made the bitter-cold crossing of the Delaware.  With his men, 18 cannon, and the horses safely on the New Jersey side of the river, Washington's army traversed the eight miles to Trenton Barracks where they encountered and defeated the Hessian troops.  Thus, Washington's defeated and demoralized army achieved a victory over enemy troops without loss of American life.  The victory at Trenton turned the tide of war, leading to increased enlistments and a second victory at Princeton just three days later.  The attacks on Trenton and Princeton mark the beginning of a five month campaign through New Jersey that led to the first major victory of the war at Saratoga in 1777.  Each year the strategic success that began with a late night Christmas boat crossing of man and beast is re-enacted at the "Crossing."

In the late spring of 1992, five members of DAR met to organize a new Pennsylvania chapter.  On August 29th, twelve of the original fifteen members held an organizing meeting.  On October 7, 1992, the National Board of Management confirmed Washington Crossing Chapter, headquartered at Yardley, PA.  The chapter has continued to grow in membership, twice recognized with a Membership Award from the National Society.  At a meeting on October 12, 2002, the chapter celebrated its 10th anniversary.  The chapter has been the recipient of National Society Level I achievement awards.

Meetings are generally held on the second Saturday of September, October, November, December, March, and April.  The May meeting is an end-of-the year business meeting (no program) for members only.  The Executive Board (chapter officers) holds planning and special meetings as needed, including at least one planning meeting for the new year.  Program topics are primarily historic, patriotic, and educational themes. Beyond the program itself, each regular meeting includes the DAR Ritual,  the President General's message, and a National Defense message.