Bearing witness to General Washington’s daring move across the Delaware River on Christmas Eve 1776, this dwelling was also home to followers of the 18th century religious movement, The Great Awakening.
This circa-1740 gambrel-roof farmhouse and ordinary located in Washington Crossing State Park, near the Delaware River was built by Garret Johnson on his 490-acre tract. James Slack operated the ferry service in 1776. In addition to using the ferry service, General Washington and other officers probably used the house at the time of the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware. The site also includes an 18th-century kitchen garden.
The keeping room, parlor, pantry and bedchambers of the Johnson Ferry House are furnished with local period pieces and reproductions similar to the furniture used by the Johnson and Slack families from 1740 to 1780. Interpretive tours focus on the impact of the Ten Crucial Days upon the local civilians and the crucial role they played in the unexpected success of the Crossing and the Battles of Trenton. James, Richard, and Uriah Slack, who lived in the ferry house, were front-line rescue workers for Patriots in danger, and for the Continental Army as they operated the ferry boats across the river either to safety, or to do battle. Living history demonstrations are frequently held on weekends. The interpretive programs emphasize the domestic and cultural aspects of colonial life with frequent special events and demonstrations of foodways, textiles, wood joinery and homelife.
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355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd.
Titusville, NJ 08560
Grounds Hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tour Hours 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Entrance Fee Washington Crossing State Park entrance fee may apply.
40° 18’ 17.76” N 74° 51' 24.82" W