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British Occupation of the Old Barracks
December 2 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm$8
Come to the Old Barracks this December as the 17th Regiment of Infantry returns as they first did in December 1776! This event will commemorate the occupation of Trenton by British troops just weeks prior to the Battle of Trenton, and offer visitors a view into this often misrepresented side of American history.
Throughout the day on Saturday, December 2nd, visitors to the Old Barracks will meet reenactors of the 17th Regiment of Infantry as they portray the daily lives of British soldiers. These men will drill, perform musket demonstrations, cook over the outdoor camp kitchen, sew winter clothing, and more in this unique event that will show a side of the Revolutionary War not often seen before.
For more information, visit www.barracks.org or call 609-396-1776. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and free for active duty military personnel, members of the Old Barracks Association, and children 5 and under. The Old Barracks Museum will be open 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturday, December 2nd.
ABOUT THE OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM: The Old Barracks Museum preserves the history of a building constructed as a French and Indian War military barracks and used as a Revolutionary War hospital. It also stood witness to Washington’s crucial victory at the Battle of Trenton. At the beginning of the 20th century, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized The Old Barracks Association and spearheaded a campaign to purchase the building. The building has been a museum for over a century, and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum welcomes visitors from across the state as well as around the world.
ABOUT THE 17TH REGIMENT: The recreated 17th Regiment of Infantry was established in 2002 with the mission to provide for its members and the public the experiences of the common British soldier throughout the American Revolution, specifically at historic sites from the Hudson River Valley to Virginia. The group works as a collective to research, recreate historically accurate uniforms and equipment, and provide living history displays to vividly teach and engage the public with history. The recreated 17th strives for meaningful, research-based public interpretation of the perspectives of the British soldier, and engage with broader questions of what it meant to be “British” and “American” nearly 250 years ago.