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Old Barracks Museum, Trenton
(4.7/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
The Old Barracks was at the center of the Battle(s) 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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • a place that everyone should see. realistic and interesting exhibition. during the tour you can learn many things 
  • Wow! What a surprise to encounter this historical gem in the middle of Trenton. We were greeted by characters in costume who gave us a small-group tour. The tour was extremely interesting and afforded...  more »
  • I have to say that I had low expectations. Day after Thanksgiving and overcast. A historical place I knew existed but didn't think much of it except for the story about the Hessians being drunk. Boy w...  more »
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  • very well run.very pleasant and friendly staff-well informed and enthusiastic.well maintained.good historic site
  • Really cool museum with enthusiastic and very knowledgeable staff.
  • These barracks are build in 1758 and they were used in 1776 by the Hessian troops who supported the British during the Revolutionary War.
  • Very cool museum in the heart of Trenton.
  • This is one of the few Revolutionary War era Barracks left and this site is constantly in danger of being shut down. The annual re-enactment that is held there (usually the Saturday after Christmas) is a great time to go and see the place in all of it's Revolutionary color. Fife and Drum corps along with Hessian, British, and American re-enactors retrace the battle down the main street in some of the places that it occurred on December 26, 1776. This battle saved Washington's army from completely dissolving, was the stepping stone to his victory later in Princeton, and by encamping at Morristown in 1776-1777, Washington completely changed the way the British held and dealt with New Jersey. The Battle of Trenton literally saved the Revolution from dying that winter in 1776. I have been attending the re-enactment for over 10 years and never had any issue with the locals. Support this site by going there and if you are a resident of NJ, tell your elected officials what an important site this is to preserve.