The Old Barracks

The Old Barracks The Old Barracks Museum is open year-round, Wednesday-Saturday in Historic Downtown Trenton.
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12/06/2023
Patriots Week Returns in 2023!There are two Battles of Trenton that ultimately shaped the destiny of the American Revolu...
12/04/2023

Patriots Week Returns in 2023!
There are two Battles of Trenton that ultimately shaped the destiny of the American Revolution and our nation! The first Battle of Trenton took place on December 26, 1776 following the crossing of the Delaware. The Second Battle of Trenton (sometimes called the Battle of the Assunpink) took place on January 2, 1777. The morning reenactment is the Battle of Trenton; the afternoon reenactment is the Second Battle of Trenton.
This year the battles are on December 30, 2023. The first battle reenactment starts at 11 am at the Battle of Trenton Monument. The second battle reenactment starts at 3 pm in Mill Hill Park.
Come to the Old Barracks Museum to watch and follow the soldiers as they march out to fight on the original battlefields. These events are rain or shine and are free to attend.

Patriots Week Returns!December 26 - 31, 2023Patriots Week is a celebration of Trenton's revolutionary role in America's ...
12/02/2023

Patriots Week Returns!
December 26 - 31, 2023
Patriots Week is a celebration of Trenton's revolutionary role in America's history! The City of Trenton, the Trenton Downtown Association, and the Old Barracks Museum are partnering with local groups to bring history to life for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. There is a full itinerary of events this year that includes favorite events such as the Battle of Trenton Reenactments and Colonial Ball, as well as lectures, historical tours, puppet shows, and more.

To learn more: barracks.org/patriots-week

The Old Barracks Museum is a historic building constructed in 1758 as a French and Indian War military barracks. Later, ...
12/01/2023

The Old Barracks Museum is a historic building constructed in 1758 as a French and Indian War military barracks. Later, during the Revolutionary War, it was used for a variety of purposes by both the British and the Americans. The museum preserves the history of the building and offers tours to visitors who want to learn more about its past. If you're interested in visiting, the Old Barracks is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Tours run hourly, with the last tour starting at 4 pm.


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Colonial Ball at the Historic Trenton Masonic TempleDecember 29th, 7-10 PMThe Colonial Ball is your chance to mingle wit...
11/29/2023

Colonial Ball at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple

December 29th, 7-10 PM

The Colonial Ball is your chance to mingle with the soldiers of the Battle of Trenton and learn their favorite dance steps! You'll be whisked away into the past as you learn the dance steps from Sue Dupre while John Burkhalter, Timothy O'Connor, and Ridley and Anne Enslow perform music. Refreshments will be served. Advanced tickets required.

Period dress is neither required nor discouraged!

Non-Member: $40
Member: $35

www.barracks.org/colonial-ball

Did you know November 26, 2023, is Museum Store Sunday? Get a head start on your Christmas shopping while also supportin...
11/26/2023

Did you know November 26, 2023, is Museum Store Sunday? Get a head start on your Christmas shopping while also supporting the Old Barracks Museum. ⁠ Shop our online gift shop, The Quartermaster's Store, at https://old-barracks-museum.square.site/
Just in are handmade ceramic ornaments by talented artist Juliet Clarke. Each ornament is unique, so please allow for slight variations.

From all of us here at the Old Barracks Museum, Happy Thanksgiving! Photo Credit: WMB Photo
11/23/2023

From all of us here at the Old Barracks Museum, Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo Credit: WMB Photo

On Friday, the New Jersey Historical Commission held their annual meeting, Unfinished Revolution: New Perspectives on th...
11/22/2023

On Friday, the New Jersey Historical Commission held their annual meeting, Unfinished Revolution: New Perspectives on the American Revolution in New Jersey. The Old Barracks offered an open house for conference attendees to visit the museum throughout the day. We also hosted the session "The Revolution in New Jersey: Updating the Chronology for the 250th" facilitated by Dr. Marc Lorenc, Chief Public Historian of the New Jersey Historical Commission. Old Barracks staff, including our curator Sarah Kirk and historical interpreters Etienne Best and Steven Thomas, led a panel discussion entitled "Towards a More Complete History: Researching and Interpreting People of Color at the Old Barracks Museum." They gave a sneak peek of results from our Soldiers of Color research project, focused on finding soldiers of color who fought at the battles of Trenton in 1776 and 1777, and shared their experiences interpreting the stories of people of color to a room of very engaged colleagues. Thanks to the New Jersey Historical Commission for including us in the conference.

11/22/2023
Consider joining our ranks this holiday season! Memberships start as low as $40 and include free admission, free or redu...
11/21/2023

Consider joining our ranks this holiday season!

Memberships start as low as $40 and include free admission, free or reduced admission to special events, 10% discount in the Gift Shop, a subscription to The Parade biannual newsletter, and voting privileges at Annual Meetings. Members also get exclusive discounted tickets to our upcoming Colonial Ball!

Membership makes a great holiday gift, too!

The Old Barracks depends upon the generosity of private citizens who wish to see this important landmark preserved to help future generations understand their own rich past. As a member of the Old Barracks Association, you will be a part of one of New Jersey’s oldest public-private partnerships in support of a historic site.

Learn more at barracks.org/membership

This Giving Tuesday, please consider making a donation to support the Old Barracks Museum. Your contribution will help f...
11/19/2023

This Giving Tuesday, please consider making a donation to support the Old Barracks Museum. Your contribution will help fund new exhibits in preparation for the America250 commemoration in 2026. To donate, please visit https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=8PTNG9JNPA2GN.


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Historical Interpreter David presents November’s Facts From the Front Line.
11/17/2023

Historical Interpreter David presents November’s Facts From the Front Line.

We are open! The Old Barracks has returned to normal operating hours.We appreciate your support and look forward to seei...
11/15/2023

We are open! The Old Barracks has returned to normal operating hours.

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you soon!⁠

As a reminder, the Old Barracks is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Tours run hourly, with the last tour starting at 4 PM. ⁠

Photo Credit: WMB Photo

While the Old Barracks Museum was closed this past weekend, the interpretive staff took the opportunity for a field trip...
11/14/2023

While the Old Barracks Museum was closed this past weekend, the interpretive staff took the opportunity for a field trip.

We spent Saturday morning exploring the architecture of historic Burlington, including a quick visit to Oliver Cromwell’s home. Cromwell was a soldier of color who served in the Second New Jersey Regiment from 1777 until the end of the Revolution.

In the afternoon, we took a tour of the 1719 Trent House Museum. Their staff shared their work and the museum’s current mission and goals with us. We are thankful we were able to take a field trip, but we’re happier to be back and open tomorrow.

The museum is all set to reopen tomorrow and will resume its regular operating hours. We appreciate your support and loo...
11/14/2023

The museum is all set to reopen tomorrow and will resume its regular operating hours. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you soon!

As a reminder, the Old Barracks is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Tours run hourly, with the last tour starting at 4 PM.

Photo Credit: WMB Photo

From the bottom of our hearts, we remember and thank our national heroes on Veterans Day.
11/11/2023

From the bottom of our hearts, we remember and thank our national heroes on Veterans Day.

Join us tonight for the final installment in our Fall Lecture Series. Come spend the evening at the Old Barracks Museum ...
11/08/2023

Join us tonight for the final installment in our Fall Lecture Series. Come spend the evening at the Old Barracks Museum as William L. Kidder discusses his book "The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man," which details Jacob Francis’s experiences as an indentured servant including his time as a soldier during the American Revolution, and later as a free man raising a family. ⁠

The lecture will begin at 6 PM, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Admission is⁠ free. Light refreshments will be available.⁠

Copies of these titles are available for purchase in-store or at www.barracks.org.

All⁠ proceeds go towards supporting the Old Barracks Museum and its mission.

Wednesday, November 8th, 6 to 7:30 pm⁠William L. Kidder, "The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man"William Kidder wil...
11/06/2023

Wednesday, November 8th, 6 to 7:30 pm⁠

William L. Kidder, "The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man"

William Kidder will join us this November for our second and final installment in our Fall Lecture Series.

Come spend an evening with us at the Old Barracks Museum as Kidder discusses his book "The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man," which details Jacob Francis’s experiences as an indentured servant including his time as a soldier during the American Revolution, and later as a free man raising a family. ⁠

Lectures will begin at 6 PM, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Admission is⁠ free. Light refreshments will be available.⁠

Copies of these titles are available for purchase in-store or at www.barracks.org.

All⁠ proceeds go towards supporting the Old Barracks Museum and its mission.

Mark your calendars!  More details to follow.For more information visit barracks.org
11/05/2023

Mark your calendars! More details to follow.
For more information visit barracks.org

Wednesday, November 8th, 6 to 7:30 pm⁠William L. Kidder, "The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man"William Kidder wil...
11/04/2023

Wednesday, November 8th, 6 to 7:30 pm⁠

William L. Kidder, "The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man"

William Kidder will join us this November for our second and final installment in our Fall Lecture Series.

Come spend an evening with us at the Old Barracks Museum as Kidder discusses his book "The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man," which details Jacob Francis’s experiences as an indentured servant including his time as a soldier during the American Revolution, and later as a free man raising a family. ⁠

Lectures will begin at 6 PM, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Admission is⁠ free. Light refreshments will be available.⁠

Copies of these titles are available for purchase in-store or at www.barracks.org.

All⁠ proceeds go towards supporting the Old Barracks Museum and its mission.

The Historical Interpreters at the Old Barracks Museum are getting ready for the colder months by learning how to chop w...
11/03/2023

The Historical Interpreters at the Old Barracks Museum are getting ready for the colder months by learning how to chop wood which will used to make nice fires to warm up by. 🔥 🪵

Make some dumplings with our Historical Interpreter 🥟
11/01/2023

Make some dumplings with our Historical Interpreter 🥟

Looking for ways to support the Old Barracks? Here are the ways you can get involved!⁠⁠Membership⁠The Old Barracks depen...
10/29/2023

Looking for ways to support the Old Barracks? Here are the ways you can get involved!⁠

Membership⁠
The Old Barracks depends upon the generosity of private citizens who wish to see this important landmark preserved to help future generations understand their own rich past. As a member of the Old Barracks Association, you will be a part of one of New Jersey’s oldest public-private partnerships in support of a historic site.⁠

Donate⁠
Your support helps sustain the Old Barracks Museum’s educational programming, special events, historical research, collection maintenance, and more. Donations help ensure the building and museum's future of education and preservation.⁠

Volunteer⁠
Volunteers and interns can help with interpretation, our collection, or development & marketing. ⁠

Check out our website for more information: www.barracks.org/support⁠

Photo credit: WMB Photo

The Old Barracks Fall Lecture Series invites you to spend an evening with highly respected local historians and authors....
10/28/2023

The Old Barracks Fall Lecture Series invites you to spend an evening with highly respected local historians and authors. Learn about the exciting history that helped shape our state and nation.⁠

Wednesday, November 8th, 6 to 7:30 pm⁠
William Kidder "The Revolutionary World of A Free Black Man"
William Kidder will discuss Jacob Francis’s experiences as an indentured servant including his time as a soldier during the American Revolution, and later as a free man raising a family. ⁠

Lectures are free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. Titles can be purchased from our store both in-person or online.

Hope to see you there!

Such a great turn out for All Barracks Eve! Thank you everyone for coming out and supporting the Old Barracks Museum. Ho...
10/27/2023

Such a great turn out for All Barracks Eve! Thank you everyone for coming out and supporting the Old Barracks Museum. Hope to see you again soon! 👻🎃

Today! Join us for the All Barracks Eve event on Friday, October 27th, at 5pm. Enjoy cider, donuts, living history demon...
10/27/2023

Today! Join us for the All Barracks Eve event on Friday, October 27th, at 5pm. Enjoy cider, donuts, living history demonstrations, and kids' activities. Spooky stories start at 6pm. Admission is $5 per person, kids 5 and under free. Buy tickets on-site. Proceeds support preservation and education. Visit www.barracks.org for info.

Join us for All Barracks Eve on Oct. 27th! Enjoy cider, donuts, and chilling stories around a bonfire. The event starts ...
10/27/2023

Join us for All Barracks Eve on Oct. 27th! Enjoy cider, donuts, and chilling stories around a bonfire. The event starts at 5pm with living history demonstrations and kid's activities. Spooky stories begin at 6pm. Admission is $5, kids 5 and under free. Tickets are available on-site. www.barracks.org.⁠

All proceeds from this event go to help support our mission of preservation and education. ⁠

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Join us for an evening of spooky seasonal fun great for the whole family at All Barracks Eve. On Friday, October 27th, l...
10/26/2023

Join us for an evening of spooky seasonal fun great for the whole family at All Barracks Eve. On Friday, October 27th, listen to chilling tales told by historically outfitted storytellers while enjoying cider and donuts around a bonfire. Festivities begin at 5 pm and include living history demonstrations and kids’ activities. Spooky stories will begin at 6 pm. Admission is $5 per person, children 5 and under are free and tickets are available to purchase on-site the evening of the event. For more information please visit barracks.org. 🎃

10/26/2023

On Wednesday, November 8th, the Old Barracks will host the next session of their engaging and educational Fall Lecture Series. These events invite visitors from

The Old Barracks Museum had an absolute blast at the Hopewell Harvest Fair over the weekend! We transported visitors to ...
10/25/2023

The Old Barracks Museum had an absolute blast at the Hopewell Harvest Fair over the weekend! We transported visitors to the 18th century, sharing our rich history with engaging activities, and stories that brought the past back to life.

Historical Interpreter Miriam shares her current project
10/25/2023

Historical Interpreter Miriam shares her current project

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101 Barrack Street
Trenton, NJ
08608

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Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

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(609) 396-1776

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The Old Barracks is a 1750’s structure that was used as one of five barracks for British soldiers in New Jersey during the French and Indian War. During the Revolutionary War, in the 1770’s, it was at the center of the Battle of Trenton, 1776, and was used by the British and Hessians. Later, it served as a military hospital and was the site of perhaps the world's first large-scale smallpox inoculations.

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