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Battles of Trenton reenactment and puppet shows

Experience the annual winter reenactment of the Battle of Trenton during Trenton’s Patriots Week Celebration on Saturday, December 28th.

Be immersed in history as you are surrounded by re-enactors portraying the soldiers who fought during the Battles of Trenton, which ultimately shaped the destiny of the Revolutionary War and our nation, hosted by the Old Barracks Museum.

Follow the troops through the streets and watch as they relive the events of these fateful battles.

Come back to interact with the soldiers, take tours of the oldest free-standing military barracks in North America, and visit The Quartermaster’s Store.

What better way to celebrate New Jersey’s revolutionary history than by celebrating this crucial Trenton victory?

Following the all-night crossing and nine-mile march from McKonkey’s Ferry with a sleet storm at their backs, Washington’s little army of 2,400 men and 18 cannons arrived in Trenton around 8:00am on the morning of December 26th, 1776.

Generals Washington and Greene surrounded the northern part of town while General Sullivan struck the town along what is now West State Street, cutting off escape to the south over the Assunpink Creek.

After a running street fight lasting little more than an hour, there were over 90 casualties and the Hessian troops surrendered.

The Battle of Trenton reenactment begins at the Old Barracks Museum, when the troops march off at 10:45am to the Battle of Trenton Monument at the intersection of Warren and Broad Streets.

The reenactment begins at 11:00am at the Battle of Trenton Monument and proceeds down Warren Street towards Mill Hill Park.

Head back to the Old Barracks Museum for programming and a musket demonstration ($5 admission applies).

Having abandoned Trenton shortly after the battle on December 26th, Washington re-crossed with a much larger army later in the week upon learning the British had not re-occupied Trenton.

On the morning of January 2nd, 1777, he dispatched a small brigade up what is now Route 206 to reconnoiter toward Princeton.

They were met by a very strong column of British, Hessians, and Highlanders under General Cornwallis and driven back along a bitterly contested, afternoon-long retreat into Trenton proper.

The Second Battle of Trenton (or the Battle of the Assunpink) is reenacted in Mill Hill Park at 3:00pm – witness the action live!

The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton. Between the Battles re-enactments, get the children involved first-hand with Washington’s victory in Trenton with the exciting, interactive puppet show, “The Trouble with Trenton”!

This “mini” historical look at an amazing piece of our history is presented with marionettes and rod puppets – and lots of help from the audience!

Watch the battle unfold before your eyes, and see the action as it has never been seen before.

The show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of “revolting” action.

This event is hosted by the Old Barracks Museum and presented by Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater.

The puppet show will take place at noon and 2:00pm, in between the Battles of Trenton reenactments.

This free event takes place at Hanover Street Plaza, on the corner of W. Hanover Street and N. Warren Street, just a block off of East State Street. 

Parking for the event is free, close, and plentiful, available in the small lot next to the museum as well as the lot next to The War Memorial.  There is special reduced pricing for this event.

The battles are free to the public, and entrance onto the museum grounds is $5 per person (children five and under are free).

For more information call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org. Visit www.patriotsweek.com for more information on this and other events.