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Washington river crossing scuttled, but shore events planned

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. — High water levels have forced cancellation of the river crossing for the annual reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day, but organizers said events were still going on at shoreline parks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Officials at the Washington Crossing Historic Park on the Pennsylvania side of the river said there would be ceremonies and speeches Tuesday. On the New Jersey side of the river, officials said there will be a history narration along the riverbank and that staff in period clothing would provide public interpretation.

Re-enactor John Godzieba, right, portrays Gen. George Washington as he peers across the Delaware River Tuesday in Washington Crossing, Bucks County. The annual re-enactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day has once again been left high and dry as organizers announced Monday that the river crossing portion of the reenactment will not take place due to high river conditions following recent rainfall. Other activities carried on as scheduled.

Last year, high winds prompted cancellation of the event.

In 1776, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river. Washington’s troops marched 8 miles to engage Hessian mercenaries in Trenton.