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Old Barracks Museum, Trenton

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The Old Barracks Museum, also known just as the Old Barracks, is a historic building located at 101 Barracks Street in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. Built in 1758 to house soldiers of the British Army, it is the only remaining colonial barracks in the state and is one of the only tangible surviving elements of the 1776 Battle of Trenton. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 25, 1971 and listed as a National Historic Landmark on November 28, 1972, for its significance in military history. It is now a state-run historic site and museum.
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  • This is a little hard to find and surrounded by the city but parking was okay when we arrived. It was however closed because they had just finished a special event. We were allowed to walk the grounds and an off duty staff did give us a little history. Amazing to think you can stand where General George Washington took command of the Continental Army.
  • This is a great place to go during Covid because it’s one of the few things that’s open!! You have to book your tickets ahead of time online and then show up for your designated time slot which is two hours. And let me tell you - my mom and I were there for a full two hours! We were actually the only people there and basically got a private tour the entire time! I can’t compare it to pre-Covid times as we had never been there before, but we got a thorough tour led by Asher who took us through the barracks and let us explore an exhibit, which was indoors, on our own. Then he handed us off to another guide dressed in character as a solider who told us all about his duties and fired a couples shots with his musket just for us. Then we watched a shoemaker and carpenter, in full character, for another half hour do their jobs while they told us all about them. Overall it was super thorough and very enjoyable! The staff played their parts just as if a whole crowd of people were there, except it was only two of us (again, basically a private tour!). Im really glad places like this are open so people can get out during this strange time of social distancing. Take this opportunity to go visit while it’s not crowded and support this local historical site in downtown Trenton! Plus, depending on the day, you can park for free right next to the Barracks (something we realized after we had already paid for parking)!

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