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Trenton During the Valley Forge Winter
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
One event on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 10:00am
Break your winter cabin fever by reliving the winter of 1777-1778, when Washington’s troops were experiencing the harsh winter at Valley Forge. The Old Barracks will host 18th century carpenters, tailors, seamstresses, shoemakers, leather workers, hatters, gunsmiths, laundresses, soapmakers, clerks, and members of the local militia and Pulaski’s Legion. Old Barracks Historical Interpreters will offer introductions to the Winter of 1778 at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, and the artisans and tradesmen will be demonstrating all day, both days.
In the winter of 1777-1778, George Washington’s Army suffered through harsh winter with limited supplies at Valley Forge, PA. During that same winter, the residents of Trenton were almost overwhelmed with satisfying the Army’s manufacturing and supply demands while also trying to perform their obligations to serve in the militia. This bit of history about New Jersey’s capital city was not well known, until the publishing of “Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton 1774-1783”, written by local historian, Larry Kidder. The book vividly portrays Trenton as a beehive of activity that winter. Gen. Casimir Pulaski had come to town making a great many demands for leather goods and supplies for all the cavalry units under his command. The Pennsylvania State Navy had taken refuge in town, with supply demands for weapons, clothing, shoes, boots, and more to be manufactured by the many artisans in the community.
This program is included with our regular admission fee: $8-Adult, $6-Student/Senior, Free-Children under 6, Active U.S. Military, Members. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. Free parking is available in the Capitol Complex Parking Garage. Metered parking is also available near the museum.
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.
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