By Lauren Ronaghan. Published April 2nd, 2019.
Built in 1758 to house British soldiers sent to protect the colonial borders in the French and Indian War, the Trenton barracks were once the largest building in Trenton. During the American Revolution, the building stood witness to the Battle of Trenton, where General George Washington defeated Colonel Rall and his Hessian troops. After this battle, Washington ordered the building be used as a military hospital specializing in smallpox inoculations – the first of its kind in North America! Visitors take a guided tour of the portion of the barracks that has been restored to interpret this 18th century history, and are invited to view galleries on NJ’s involvement in the French and Indian War, the Battle of Trenton, and the Trenton women who saved the Barracks from being forgotten in the early 20th century.
Special events occur throughout the year. Highlights are the Battle of Trenton reenactments held every December during Patriots Week (www.patriotsweek.com), Colonial Summer Day Camp, Tavern Night Fundraiser in September, the Beulah Oliphant Award in March, “America, We Served!”: Three Centuries of African American Soldiers in February, frequent lectures and author discussions, and more.
General visitation is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Active duty military personnel are free of charge, and the Old Barracks Museum is a proud Blue Star Museum. Special events have various prices, visit www.barracks.org for more information.
ABOUT THE OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM: The Old Barracks Museum preserves the history of a building that was built as a French and Indian War military barracks and used as a Revolutionary War hospital. It also stood witness to Washington’s crucial victory at the Battle of Trenton. At the beginning of the 20th century, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized The Old Barracks Association and spearheaded a campaign to purchase the building. The building has been used as a museum for over a century, and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum welcomes visitors from across the state as well as around the world.
Lauren Ronaghan/Old Barracks Museum
101 Barracks Street
Trenton, NJ 08608