The Old Barracks Museum, also known as Old Barracks, in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, is the only remaining colonial barracks in New Jersey. It is the last of five such barracks authorized by the colonial legislature in 1758 to house soldiers in the French and Indian War. It housed about 300 soldiers at a time. During the American Revolution, George Washington crossed the Delaware River to catch the Hessian garrison in Trenton by surprise. Following the American Revolution, the Trenton Barracks were used as a military hospital specializing in smallpox inoculations.Before you visit Trenton, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
In 1902, members of the Daughters of the Revolution bought part of the building to preserve it. The state bought the other part and formed a museum in 1914 which continues to be open and supported by the State of New Jersey.
The Museum is open to visitors year round, Monday - Saturday, and is known for the annual Battle of Trenton Reenactments on the Saturday following Christmas.
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I rarely write reviews but after visiting the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, I truly felt compelled. A set of barracks built in the 1750's, it was an incredible place to visit and the staff went out.... more »
We did a day trip to the Old Barracks. We learned more about the battles that took place during the American Revolution. The characters around the barracks gave you a sense of life during that... more »
The actors were fantastic and catered to not just the kids who we had on the field trip, but the adults who attended as well. Very fun premise to "step back in time" and act as though it were the 1770s, as well as the idea to involve the kids as much as possible. Everything was also handicap accessible, which was a huge worry (although it is a tight squeeze in the halls and elevator!) My favorite part was getting to watch them fire a musket blank.
Marvelous tour and very insightful guide. I highly recommend the experience to those that have children and an interest in American history!
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