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Old Barracks Museum, Trenton

(4.7/5 based on 170+ 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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  • The only remaining quartering house from the French & Indian War days in the USA of its kind, I was sad that I was the only visitor during the time that I went. The tour was excellent, talking about t...  more »
  • Best Rev War experience outside of Philadelphia Start with its historical significance: the only pre-Rev War British barracks in the US still standing -- and that it is crucial to the whole Washington...  more »
  • This museum is easy to cover in 1.5-2 hours if you take the hour tour and watch the 20 minute movie. You get a feel for what it was like to be a British soldier stationed in America in the 1700's and ...  more »
  • 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.