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Light & Life in the Colonies Tour at the Old Barracks Museum
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Tour the Old Barracks Museum in the evening twilight to discover first-hand how light and darkness affected daily activities, work, and entertainment in the 18th century. The Museum will open at 6:45 PM and tours will begin at 7 PM on Tuesday, November 14 & Tuesday, November 21.
Availability of light varied among social class and rank. This 45 minute tour is not simply “Barracks-by-night”, but instead focuses on life after sunset before electricity. See how access to light was dictated by social standing and rank by comparing the candles available in the soldiers’ quarters and the officers’ house. The tailor’s shop in the museum will show how the work day was impacted by sunlight.
Admission is $10; $5 for members of the Old Barracks Association. Tours are limited to 18 people per tour. For more information, visit www.barracks.org or call 609-396-1776.
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.