Patriots Week is a celebration of Trenton's revolutionary role in America's history!
Monday, December 26 at 12:30 PM Battle Monument -125 Years
On December 29, 1891, the cornerstone for the Battle Monument was put in place. This lecture given by Sally Lane is a look back at the history of the Trenton Battle Monument, in observance of the 125th anniversary of the December 29, 1891 cornerstone laying. Free; donations accepted.
Monday, December 26 at 2 PM John Honeyman, Washingtons’s Spy: Unsung Hero or Urban Legend?
The story of John Honeyman, the Griggstown, New Jersey butcher and cattle dealer who, according to legend, became a spy for General George Washington in the months leading up to the game-changing victory in the First Battle of Trenton, has intrigued and befuddled historians for more than one hundred years. This presentation by Timothy Stollery will lay out the genesis of the story, explore the findings on each side of the Honeyman mystery, and ultimately invite attendees to join in the search for more primary evidence that can support or debunk the legend of Washington’s spy at Trenton. Free; donations accepted.
Tuesday, December 27 at 1 PM Revolutionary Music at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple across the street from the Old Barracks Museum
This lecture and musical demonstration will discuss the specific tunes performed by the New Jersey Regiments and Philadelphia Batallions 1775-1777 as well as the more entertaining side of music during wartime. Musicians John Lane, Drew Wierzybowski, and Stephen Hudak will perform. Free; donations accepted.
Friday, December 30 at 7 PM Colonial Ball at Historic Trenton Masonic Temple across the street from the Old Barracks Museum
The Colonial Ball is your chance to mingle with the soldiers of the Battle of Trenton and learn their favorite dance steps! Dancing will be led by Dance Master Sue Dupre. Tickets Available Soon!
Saturday, December 31 at 11 AM Battle of Trenton Reenactment
Follow the action of the Battle of Trenton on the streets where the actual Battle took place! Meet at the Old Barracks Museum and follow the troops as they march to the Battle of Trenton Monument to begin the battle towards Mill Hill Park. Come back to the Old Barracks for a tour of the original building at the discounted rate of $5 per person (all day re-entry).
Saturday, December 31 at 12 PM & 2 PM "The Trouble With Trenton" Puppet Show at Warren Street Plaza (corner of Hanover Street and Warren Street)
A "mini" historical look at some amazing American history presented with marionettes and rod puppets - and lots of help from the audience! The free show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of "revolting" action. Presented by Tuckers Tales.
Saturday, December 31 at 3 PM Battle of the Assunpink Reenactment
Experience the Battle of the Assunpink Creek (January 2, 1777) as it is reenacted in Mill Hill Park. Meet at the Old Barracks Museum and follow the troops as they march off to meet the British on the banks of the Assunpink Creek just three blocks away. Come back to the Old Barracks for a tour of the original building at the discounted rate of $5 per person (all day re-entry).
Saturday, January 7 All Day To Princeton With Peale!
Come to the Old Barracks to meet members of Charles Wilson Peale's Company and experience a day in their lives right before setting off for the Battle of Princeton! Enjoy the opportunity to delve into the world and mindset of revolutionary Philadelphians as they drill, demonstrate various 18th century trades, and discuss the radical political climate of the city in 1776-1777. For the True Patriot, come watch as the company begins its midnight march towards Princeton, with the goal of arriving at Princeton Battlefield at the same time the original company arrived over 200 years ago.