Old Barracks Museum

The Old Barracks Museum, also known as Old Barracks, in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, is the only remaining colonial barracks in New Jersey.[4][5] It is the last of five such barracks authorized by the colonial legislature in 1758 to house soldiers in the French and Indian War. It housed about 300 soldiers at a time.[6] During the American Revolution, George Washington crossed the Delaware River to catch the Hessian garrison in Trenton by surprise. Following the American Revolution, the Trenton Barracks were used as a military hospital specializing in smallpox inoculations.

Old Barracks
Old Barracks, South Willow Street, Trenton (Mercer County, New Jersey).jpg
Old Barracks, photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey
Old Barracks Museum is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Old Barracks Museum
Old Barracks Museum is located in New Jersey
Old Barracks Museum
Old Barracks Museum is located in the United States
Old Barracks Museum
Location101 Barrack Street,
Trenton, New Jersey
Coordinates40°13′10″N 74°46′7.02″W / 40.21944°N 74.7686167°W / 40.21944; -74.7686167Coordinates: 40°13′10″N 74°46′7.02″W / 40.21944°N 74.7686167°W / 40.21944; -74.7686167
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Part ofState House Historic District (ID76001161)
NRHP reference No.71000506[1]
NJRHP No.1784[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 25, 1971[1]
Designated NHLNovember 28, 1972[3]
Designated NJRHPSeptember 11, 1970

In 1902, members of the Daughters of the Revolution bought part of the building to preserve it. The state bought the other part and formed a museum in 1914 which continues to be open and supported by the State of New Jersey.[6][7]

The Museum is open to visitors year round, Monday - Saturday, and is known for the annual Battle of Trenton Reenactments on the Saturday following Christmas.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places — Mercer County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection — Historic Preservation Office. January 22, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Old Barracks". National Historic Landmark Quicklinks. National Park Service. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  4. ^ Snell, Charles W. (May 11, 1972). "Old Barracks" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. National Park Service. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Old Barracks" (pdf). Photographs. National Park Service. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  6. ^ a b Official Site history
  7. ^ NHL Details

External linksEdit

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