Looking for something to do with the family this holiday season? Visit Trenton’s annual Patriots Week, a celebration of America’s Revolutionary War history. There are many exciting events happening throughout the week, but here are some hosted by the Old Barracks Museum.
On Saturday, December 26, at 7 p.m., there will be a Colonial Ball, full of live music, dancing, and plenty of colonial characters. You don’t need to know the steps — dance caller Sue Dupre will teach you! This is a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed! The ball will take place at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, located at 100 Barrack Street, Trenton. Tickets available at the door for $20 each.
On Sunday, December 27, come experience the excitement of the Battles of Trenton! These free reenactments surround you with the soldiers who fought during the Battles of Trenton, which ultimately shaped the destiny of the Revolutionary War and our nation. At 11:30 a.m. follow the troops through the streets and watch as they relive the events of the Battle of Trenton when Washington led a surprise attack on the Hessians encamped at Trenton. At 3 p.m. the Battle of the Assunpink is reenacted in Mill Hill Park.
Come back to the Old Barracks Museum throughout the day to interact with the soldiers, take tours of the oldest free-standing military barracks in North America, and visit the Quartermaster’s Store. Reduced admission is $5 per person. Old Barracks Association members, active duty military, and children 5 and under are free. What better way to celebrate New Jersey’s revolutionary history than by celebrating this crucial Trenton victory?
Get the children involved first-hand with Washington’s victory in Trenton at 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! Show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of “revolting” action.
This free event is hosted by the Old Barracks Museum and presented by Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater. The puppet show will take place on Sunday, December 27, at 12:30 and 2 p.m., in between the Battles of Trenton reenactments at Hanover Street Plaza on the corner of West Hanover Street and North Warren Street.
With the assistance of military service members from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, worn American flags will be properly disposed in a ceremony befitting the dignity of the flag and the historical character of the Old Barracks Museum. Members of the public are invited to drop off flags to be retired leading up to the event and to observe the ceremony on Monday, December 28, at 10 a.m.
For more information on these events hosted by the Old Barracks Museum, visit www.barracks.org. For a full schedule of events during Patriots Week, visit www.patriotsweek.com.