A Tribute to Thomas Paine
The life-size sculpture of Thomas Paine deep in
thought while writing the first Crisis Paper. The high relief sculpture is
mounted to a glass background with Paine's words etched into the glass.
This very realistic yet contemporary sculpture greets visitors to the
Washington Crossing Historic Park, which also houses the famous mural of
Washington Crossing the Delaware.
The American Crisis
Thomas Paine wrote this on December 23, 1776, George Washington ordered it read to the entire army, this is just before his troops crossed the Deleware River on Christmas, before his first victory, at Trenton. It began... "These are the times that try men's souls.
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country... Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered."
John Adams wrote, "Without the pen of Thomas Paine, the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain."
Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pennslyvania,USA at the Visitors Center
Close-up of sculpture
Over a million people visit the park a year. These visitors are from the Emma Havens Young Elementary School.