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Trenton Battle Monument, Trenton

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The Trenton Battle Monument is a massive column-type structure in the Battle Monument section of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. It commemorates the December 26, 1776 Battle of Trenton, a pivotal victory for the Continental forces during the American Revolutionary War.DescriptionDesigned by John H. Duncan, the architect of Grant's Tomb, the monument is an early example of Beaux-Arts architecture in America. The design is based on "The Monument", a 1671 structure built to commemorate the Great Fire of London, on the London street where the 1666 fire started. The height of the Trenton monument is intentionally the same height as the London monument.The hollow Roman-Doric fluted column of the monument is constructed of granite, as is the pedestal which supports it, although slightly darker stone was used to give the base the appearance of more solidity. The column is capped by a small, round pavilion, forming an observation deck; accessible by means of an electric elevator, that has provided thousands of tourists an excellent view of the city and the surrounding scene of the battle. Encircling the column, just above the cap, thirteen electric lights, symbolizing the original Thirteen Colonies, shed their radiance at night.
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  • Extremely difficult to find. We had two different reference points that did not do it - I finally found it several blocks away by sight. Even though it is on the site of where Washington's artillery s...  more »
  • After walking there from the NJ State Museum, this battle monument is in a very run down neighborhood. They were supposed to be open for the non-winter season on Sundays so we could take the elevator ...  more »
  • The WEB site warns you that no food or drinks are allowed in the “historical building”. So, you assume there is some building and some history in it. Not so. There is indeed a monument in a part of to...  more »
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  • I walked to several historical sites that all had to do with the Revolutionary war including this monument. It was okay, but as a tourist they need better markers directing you around to the historic locations and the entire area seemed... rough. I am from Detroit and walk around in Detroit a lot and I was uncomfortable at times.
  • All they have for this historic battle, I just a small park and monument.
  • Great monument. Only down side was that the elevator was not working to go up to the top.
  • Haven't been here in years. Area cleaned up and easy parking. Important site in nations history.
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