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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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  • Around the corner from the NJ State House and State Museum is this guided tour. Our tour guide and everyone working was in period costumes. They did an excellent job making you feel as though you were...  more »
  • My husband and I visited the Old Barracks and found that the experience exceeded our expectations. Our costumed docent was knowledgeable, articulate, and engaging. He brought the history of the Old Ba...  more »
  • This would be a nice place for an history buff to visit. Teenagers might not enjoy it as much as adults.  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.