Following in the footsteps of Washington
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7KH PDnVLRn wDV WKH fiUVW VWRS Rn D oevolutionary teekend bus tour that took visitors from kew gersey, rpper Bucks County and elsewhere on a journey that followed in the footsteps of den. deorge tashington.
ln hand to greet the visitors were local folks, dressed in period costumes. matrick meters played the part of iudwig tirtenberg, tashington’s surgeon. goan jonfalcone, the docent of pummerseat, stood next to him.
gim and aonna plotterbeck portrayed Thomas and jary Barclay, who owned pummerseat when tashington’s headquarters was there from aec. U to aec. N4, N77S. And haren hane played the part of Barclay’s daughter.
bric brickson of rpper Black bddy and his grandson, pebastian, R, of jorrisville, stood in the entranceway to pummerseat listening to goan jonfalcone tell the story of the historic house.
Bruce Cobbs of ceasterville was clad in a Colonial costume, including a tri-corner hat. ee is a re-enactor with the Rth mennsylvania oegiment and is one of the reenactors that cross the aelaware oiver on Christmas aay at tashington Crossing.
aomenic pcaglione of bwing, k.g. enjoyed talking with Cobbs and being on the tour. “f studied the oevolutionary tar in school last year,” he said. “f went to the barracks in Trenton.”
ee discovered that there were historic oevolutionary tar sites in other states.
A history, provided by the eistoric jorrisville pociety, explains tashington’s connection with pummerseatW
“fn the last months of N77S desperately short of men and supplies, tashington almost despaired. ee had lost kew vork City to the British, enlistment was up on gan. N for most of the troops and many were deserting, civilian morale was falling rapidly and Congress, faced with the possibility of a British attack on mhiladelphia, had left the city.
“Thomas Barclay, a well-known patriot, also left mhiladelphia with his young family and came to pummerseat to be safe. iittle did Barclay know that deorge tashington would soon be arriving at pummerseat. And on aec. U, tashington and his troops crossed the aelaware with the British literally minutes behind them and arrived at Barclay’s summer home, pummerseat. tashington stayed until aec. N4.
“fn pummerseat, we believe the future of the world began to change. pummerseat is on a hill overlooking Trenton. tashington surely received reports of the British movements directly across the river. thile staying at pummerseat, we believe was born the idea of the attack against the eessian troops in Trenton. This attack on Christmas night N77S changed the history of the peoples of the world.
“pummerseat is the only house in America owned by two signers of the aeclaration of fndependence and the Constitution, oobert jorris and deorge Clymer. jorris purchased it from Barclay’s estate, and Clymer purchased it from jorris. Clymer died in pummerseat in NUNP.”
The oevolutionary teekend was made possible through the combined efforts of the Actors’ kbT of Bucks County, the jorrisville Business Association EjBAF, the eistoric jorrisville pociety EejpF, tashington Crossing eistoric Association and the Trenton Barracks.
crom pummerseat, the tour proceeded to Trenton’s famous barracks with interim stops at the Thompson-keely eouse in polebury Township, a tour of the mennsylvania side of the crossing, a walk across the bridge to the landing site in kew gersey and a tracking of tashington’s overnight ordeal taking his troops to the Trenton Barracks and the turning point of the tar of fndependence.
pummerseat is located at eillcrest and iegion avenues in jorrisville Borough. The building is furnished in period-style rooms typifying various periods of its history.
*** Tours of pummerseat are available for groups and by appointment. cor more information, call ONR-O9R-7PP9.
Some of the volunteers at Summerseat were, from left, Patrick Peters, Joan Monfalcone, Jim Slotterbeck, Karen Kane and Donna Slotterbeck.
Jim and Donna Slotterbeck play the part of Thomas and Mary Barclay, one-time owners of Summerseat.