Park near George Washington’s river crossing was once a summer camp

A New Jersey state park near George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River was once home to a popular summer camp used by area scout troops.

Known as Cedarbliss, the small parcel of land is today part of Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, N.J. But before it became part of the park in 1976 it was used by area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for summer camps beginning in 1956 when it was donated to Mercer County by private owners.

William Gragilla, a naturalist and park ranger at the state park, recently led a group of hikers through the old camp property to share the history of the land before it became a park. A story on the hike was published on

The park’s history is detailed in a 2012 book by Peter Osborne called Where Washington Once Led: A History of New Jersey’s Washington Crossing State Park.

George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware on the night of December 25-26, 1776, was the first move in a surprise attack on Hessian soldiers in Trenton during the American Revolutionary War.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

Leave a Response