The British are Coming!!!

Greater Philadelphia • 2 stops

Old Barracks Museum:

British Occupation Day
Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

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, 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, and more in this unique event that will show a side of the Revolutionary War not often seen before. 


The British Army in north America 1768-1783
Thursday, December 26, 2109- 1:00pm-2:00pm

A presentation by Asher Lurie of the Old Barracks Museum describing the true story of the British soldiers and officers sent to defend and maintain the thirteen American Colonies.


Indepence Seaport Museum:

The British Mistake
Opened from Now till Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Spring 1778. King George III ordered the evacuation of the city his forces captured just months earlier at a great price. Alongside the evacuation, the monarch offered peace negotiations to discuss ending the war and co-existing in relative harmony. But there was one glaring omission: The colonies’ independence. What would you do if you were in their situation? Accept the terms? Or keep fighting?

How did we get here, you might ask, especially given the string of losses the Continental Army suffered in 1777? Step back in time with Independence Seaport Museum and The Friends of Fort Mifflin as they present The British Mistake. The British Mistake, opening Feb. 15, 2019, explores an overlooked but vivid chapter of the British poor handling of the early years of the Revolutionary War.

Against all odds, Pennsylvania Navy, Fort Mercer, and Fort Mifflin sustained by Continental and Militia forces held back the British Navy from taking control of the Delaware River for an astonishing 90 days. Their unexpected success led to the destruction of the British ship-of-the-line HMS Augusta, and confounded the delivery of much needed winter supplies, threatening the occupation of the early United States capital, Philadelphia. The Battle of Fort Mifflin set in motion a series of events that turned the tides of war in America’s favor.

On display in the exhibit, visitors will see a rare fragment of an actual chevaux-de-frise, which was discovered in 2007 in the Delaware River, close to Fort Mifflin. This type of underwater defense blockade was designed to puncture British Navy hull as they attempted to reach Philadelphia. Also included will be an interactive fort experience, eyewitness accounts, and seldom seen artifacts from the Museum’s collections, Philadelphia History Museum and the Arader Galleries.

Upcoming Events

Thu 23 Jan
Revolutionary War, Battlefields, Regional Historic Sites, Historic Philly: A Deeper Dive
8:00am – 5:00pm
Mon 27 Jan
Historic Philly: A Deeper Dive
Sat 15 Feb
Revolutionary War, Historic Houses, Regional Historic Sites
7:00pm – 9:00pm