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D-Day is the World War II military operation which took place on June 6, 1944. It was code-named Operation Neptune, presumably because it involved a water landing by the Allies on the beaches of Normandy, France. It is the largest military operation by sea in history, and of course it had great significance to the war.
DDay: The Invasion of Normandy. On June 6, 1944 the Allied Forces of Britain, America, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France. With a huge force of over 150,000 soldiers, the Allies attacked and gained a victory that became the turning point for World War II in Europe.
DDay forced the Germans to fight a two front war again just as they had in WWI. Yet again the Germans could not handle war on both sides of them. “By the end of June 1944, about a million Allied troops had reached France.” – “World War II.”

The invasion of northern France in 1944 was the most significant victory of the Western Allies in the Second World War. … The German Army suffered a catastrophe greater than that of Stalingrad, the defeat in North Africa or even the massive Soviet summer offensive of 1944.

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What follows is an entry in a Hessian dairy, made by one of the Jagers on the day they arrived in Trenton.

“We marched to Trenton and joined our two regiments of Rall and Knyphausen, in order to take up a sort of winter quarters here, which are wretched enough.  This town consists of about one hundred houses, of which many are mean and little, and it is easy to conceive how ill it must accommodate three regiments.  The inhabitants like those at Princeton are almost all fled, so that we occupy bare walls.  The Delaware, which is here extremely rapid, and in general about two ells deep (90 inches), separates us and the rebels.  We are obliged to be on constantly on our guard, and to do very sever duty, though our people begin to grow ragged, and out baggage is left at New York.  Notwithstanding, we have marched across the extremely fine province of New Jersey, which may justly be called the garden of American , yet it is by no means freed from the enemy, and insecure both in flan and rear.  The Brigade has incontestably suffered the most of any, and we now lie at the advanced point, that as soon as the Delaware freezes we may march over and attack Philadelphia which is about thirty miles distance.”

Q: 1.What is a Jager?

2. What town mentioned with “about one hundred houses?

3. Explain the word “mean.”

4. Who are the rebels of which he spoke and name their commander?

5. Who was Rall and what happened to him?

Patriots’ Day in September

Summerseat will celebrate the men and women

of WWI and WWII from Morrisville

Do you have a relative who served in the military during WWI or WWII?

Do you have  a relative who worked in the war industries, helped build munitions, gathered scrap metal, were Blackout Wardens, or sent letters to soldiers and sailors they didn’t know in order to keep military spirits up?

Did your grandmother or mother make special “Patriotic Foods” like meatless meatloaf, sugarless cake? Do you have those recipes? We’d love a copy.

Do you have a picture of these patriots?

Could you give Summerseat a copy, or send a digital copy along with their story in a paragraph or so about how and where they served?

Summerseat would love to have these histories to be kept in our permanent collection. After all, this is an important part of Morrisville’s history.

Do you have a friend or relative who served in later military events? Please send their picture and memories, too, and we will be able to have a day for them in the future.


Mail your pictures and memories to:


c/o WWI and WWII Project

130 Legion Avenue

Morrisville, PA 19067


Or digitally send your picture and memories to:


Patriots’ Day will have our delicious Summerseat Hot Dogs,

Bake Sale, and Basket Raffle


Hope to see you there in September!!

More information about this event will be forthcoming


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“The Crossing”


Excerpts from the book The Crossing, by Howard Fast

Chapter 14

     It pressed upon him hotly.  Sunday afternoon on the eighth of December, he lay down for a little while in the bedroom at the Barclay house, and his servants tried to protect him.  He was still in the cloths he had crossed the river with; but a messenger came, and young Hamilton, his aide, agreed that he must be awakened. 

     The messenger told Washington that General Howe’s army had just entered Trenton-ten miles away-but was making no preparation to stay.  Six, ten, fifteen thousand of them.  The messenger was a spy or a patriot or an observer or a man out to make a dollar. Had he also informed the British that Washington was across the river?  And with how many men?


1.       Where is the Barclay house located today?

2.       What is it called today?

3.       What significant thing on happened in Morrisville on December 8th, 1776?

4.       Who was the Bullet Stopper? See next instalment for answer 4.


Summerseat Newsletter and Annual Dinner

Historic Summerseat Newsletter March 2019

    Upcoming event – Annual Dinner – Friday, March 29

            Dinner begins at 6:00 PM – Tickets are $20 p/p

 For reservation call Sharon:   Home: 215-295-2900; Cell: 267-847-3089

    A delicious catered dinner of Chicken Francaise, Italian Green Beans, Vegetable Lasagna, Roasted Potatoes, Salad, Rolls, desert, and coffee.

    Dinner will be followed by a short business meeting of 15 minutes.  Then …

                  We are excited to present a talk by renowned Local Historian  –

                             LARRY KIDDER. Kidder will speak on …

                              George Washington’s Ten Crucial Days

Between December 25, 1776 and January 3, 1777, George Washington was faced with a number of critical decisions and the actions he formulated would play a major role in either bringing the American Revolution to a crushing defeat or reviving the hopes for its eventual success. This talk examines those decisions to understand how the battles of Trenton and Princeton prevented an early end to the war for independence and reversed the feelings of despair during the “times that tried men’s souls” on the American side and the feelings of confidence on the British side. Historian Larry Kidder is a retired high school history teacher and a thirty year volunteer historical interpreter for the Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell. He has written three books on the American Revolution in the Trenton/Princeton area including, A People Harassed and Exhausted about the First Hunterdon County militia regiment, Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton, 1774-1783, and most recently, Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds.

Summerseat is Open for Tours every First Saturday of the month 10 am to 1 pm at a cost of $ 7.00 p/p. For Private Tours call Sharon: 215-295-2900 or 267-847-3089.

Did you know that Gen. George Washington’s cousin, William Washington, fought in the battle of Trenton commanding the 3rd Virginia Regiment, his second in command was future president James Monroe who was seriously wounded, while Wm was less seriously injured on his hands. Wm. Washington led a successful assault driving into the Hession pickets on King Street seizing two cannons and their crews.

    Two of William Washington’s notable successes were the capture of Rugeley’s Mill, South Carolina on December 4, 1780, and the defeat of a Tory partisan unit at Hammond’s Old Store in the Little River District on December 27, 1780. At Rugeley’s Mill, Washington with 60 troops bluffed 112 Loyalists into surrendering a strongly fortified homestead without firing a shot by use of a “Quaker Gun”, mounting a felled tree trunk on wagon axles to resemble a cannon.

    On September 8, 1781, at The Battle of Eutaw Springs North Carolina, William Washington’s final action, he charged a portion of the British line positioned in a thicket along Eutaw Creek. The thicket proved impenetrable and British fire repulsed the mounted charges. During the last charge, William’s horse was shot out from under him, and he was pinned beneath his horse. He was bayoneted and taken prisoner, and held under house arrest in the Charleston area for the remainder of the war.

The British commander in the South, Lord Cornwallis, would later comment that “there could be no more formidable antagonist in a charge, at the head of his cavalry, than Colonel William Washington.” (


 Membership for a Graduate who enjoys History would be a Great Graduation Gift

Don’t forget – Historic Morrisville Society Memberships are Now Payable for 2019

Please make check payable to:   Historic Morrisville Society

   Mail with this information to:

Attn: Diane Hughes

   Summerseat, 130 Legion Ave.,                                                                                         Morrisville, PA 19067

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____ Full Time Student .. $10.      ____ Colonial …………………….….. $   50.

____ Senior Citizen …… $ 10.     ____ Soldier ………..………………….$     100.

____ Individual ………… $ 15.     ____ Patriot ……….………………… $     300.

____ Family ……………. $ 25.     ____ Lafayette Liberator …………….. $      500.

                                                     ____ Washington High Command….. $ 1,000.

“Adopt a Shutter”

Adopt one shutter for $350.00

Adopt a set of shutters for $700

The exterior of the building is in need of extensive repair and updating

Please consider adopting a shutter (or a set) to help with the ongoing restoration of this historic jewel

Your name will be placed on a commemorative plaque that will be displayed in a prominent place in Historic Summerseat

Carol Sing at Summerseat, Wednesday, December 5 from 7-9 pm


Make a Joyful Noise!


Carol Sing at Summerseat


Lift up your voice and sing

In Summerseat, a beautiful Georgian mansion decorated for the season

Wednesday, December 5th from 7-9 pm

Music by Ronald Chancler

Light refreshments served

Summerseat –

Headquarters of General George Washington from December 8-14, 1776

130 Legion Avenue, Morrisville, Pennsylvania





Crafters and Vendors wanted for Morrisville’s Winter Festival, Summerseat Remembers, Saturday, December 8th from 10-3


Crafters and Vendors wanted for Morrisville’s

Winter Festival, Summerseat Remembers, 

Saturday December 8th from 10-3

  • Set up would be on the second floor starting at 8 am.
  • You must bring your own table
  • Cost $25 – Limited Spaces

For more information call (267) 959-4865.

Deadline for registering is December 1, 2018.

Painting Party at Summerseat – Fall Fundraiser


Headquarters of george washington in 1776

A national historic landmark

300 clymer aveNUE

Morrisville, pa 19067





$30.00 per guest

            Come and enjoy an evening with your friends and learn to paint your own masterpiece! 

No experience needed, just come and have fun!

All art supplies provided!

Light refreshments will be served

All proceeds benefit the restoration of Historic Summerseat

Space is limited

Please call Sharon at 215 295 2900 to register

Patriots Day at Summerseat

Patriots Day at Summerseat, Saturday, May 26, 10AM to 3PM.

Fun for the whole family

Colonial Encampment by HMI

Archaeological Dig

with Dr. Eileen Bailey




Fabulous Raffle Baskets

      Bake Sale & Plant Sale

 Hot Dog & Beverage $3.00

Deneen Handmade Pottery



____ Senior Citizen ………….. $ 10        ____ Soldier ………………………………..… $    100.

____ Individual ………………… $ 15        ____ Patriot ……………………………..…… $     300.

____ Family ……………………… $ 25        ____ Lafayette Liberator ………………. $     500.

                                  ____ Washington High Command … $   1,000.

Thank you for your membership contributions, they are Much Needed & Appreciated to maintain Summerseat.