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Old Barracks Museum

101 Barrack Street

French and Indian War:

In 1758, the Barracks was the biggest building in Trenton. About 300 British and Irish soldiers were the first to live here. The building was made of stone and had dark red woodwork. There were about 20 soldiers' rooms, each with two windows, a door and a fireplace. Twelve soldiers were housed in each room, with two men sleeping in each wooden bunk. The soldiers received rations of food, firewood, candles, cider, salt, and vinegar. There was a kitchen in the cellar, but most soldiers cooked in their rooms. In the center of the building was a little house with a staircase to the second floor and the balcony. The Officers' House was fancier and more comfortable. Cows, pigs, chickens and horses were kept outside in the yard. The first soldiers to occupy the Barracks were two companies of Irishmen, the Inniskillin's (1758-1759); two companies of lowland Scots, the First Regiment of Foot (1759-1760); and two companies of British soldiers with Swiss officers, the Royal American (1761-1762).

When the Revolutionary War started, the Barracks was used by American troops. British prisoners of war from St. John and Chambly, Canada, were imprisoned in the Officers House while four companies of the Second New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Line were raised here. In December, 1776, British and Hessian troops occupied Trenton. Some of them stayed in the Barracks. Colonists loyal to the English king also arrived so that they could be protected by the soldiers. During the First Battle of Trenton on Dec. 26, in a miraculously successful morning raid, General Washington captured many of the Hessians. The Americans returned to Trenton and used the Barracks. In 1777, the Barracks became an army hospital under Dr. Bodo Otto. Many soldiers and supplies passed through Trenton until the end of the war. The last soldiers in the Barracks may have been sick and wounded soldiers from the siege of Yorktown in 1781.


Holly Crawley

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Michelle gave our group an absolutely wonderful factual narrative tour of the old barracks. She was the best tour guide any of us had ever had and the time flew!

John McCune

Sunday, June 17, 2018
A little gem. Gives an interesting portrait of the British military life in the colonies.

Sharon Chae Haver

Saturday, March 17, 2018
A piece of history right in our midst, next to the state legislature. Great enactments and events all day long on Saturdays. The actors are devoted and in character, everything from a real cooking demonstration to a rather detailed account of smallpox inoculation

Norma Scock

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Wife and i visited last summer. It was beautifully preserved. Our tour guide was excellent and very engaging. Everyone should see this at least once!

Lisa V

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
tour was super boring. Tour guide spent 20 minutes talking about small pox. It would have been more interesting to hear about battles, or more on the life of the soldiers. And at the end of the tour you can watch a movie about the history of some of the battles there...well the TV was broken so movie--- what a waste of $16. She gave us free passes to come back and watch the movie---really?? we are going to drive an hour to come back? Not!

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