No other Byway in the United States can claim they have the place where George Washington crossed the Delaware River. It was the winter of 1776. Washington and his ragged army had experienced only defeat and despair. A victory was desperately needed. Washington hatched a daring plan to cross the Delaware River under the cover of darkness, march to Trenton and attack the Hessian outposts in and around Trenton. The boats to be used for the crossing had been gathered for days, and by 6 PM on Christmas Day, 2,400 troops began crossing the ice-choked river. The operation was slow and difficult in sleet and a blinding snowstorm. Against all odds, Washington and his men successfully completed the crossing and marched into Trenton on the morning of December 26, achieving a resounding victory over the Hessians. By moving ahead with his bold and daring plan, Washington re-ignited the cause of freedom and gave new life to the American Revolution.
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