Published On: Sat, Dec 3rd, 2016

“Colonial Christmas” celebration

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Date(s) - 12/03/2016
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Parry Mansion


The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual “Colonial Christmas” celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3.

“Combining history, the holidays, singing and good cheer, New Hope is sharing the experience of a Colonial Christmas to not only celebrate the spirit of the season, but also to pay homage to the Borough’s rich historic tradition,” said a chamber spokesperson.

The event features carolers on Saturday after 4 p.m., who will be singing at the Parry Mansion at 45 S. Main St., and then strolling through the streets of New Hope.

Also on Saturday, Colonial reenactors will arrive at the Parry Mansion, and perform for the afternoon. There, troops and camp followers will be showing what Colonial life was like in Coryell’s Ferry (New Hope) and tell the tale of the journey to McConkey’s Ferry (Washington Crossing), in December 1776. That was when a young 18-year-old James Monroe crossed the Delaware River to hold the Princeton-Pennington Road, along with 40 other patriots, in support of the river crossing farther south by Washington. Native Americans in traditional garb will demonstrate dances and music at the Parry Mansion, as well.

colonial christmas | new hope free presscolonial-christmans-image-2At 2 p.m.”General Washington” will inspect of the troops of the Continental Army at Ferry Street Park, and there will be a memorial service and musket salute for fallen patriots, including those who answered their final call this past year.

William Washington (George Washington’s nephew) will be in attendance, along with a James Monroe reenactor, and a town crier.

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