FEATURED EVENTS 2022

Experience fun of historic proportion! 

Sunday Dec 25

70th Annual Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment
12 – 3 pm FREE
Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Rd, Washington Crossing, PA
For details, click link in event title. 

Monday Dec 26

Trenton Battlefield Tour with Ralph Siegel
10 am – Noon FREE
Meet at Starbucks at 9 am, corner of Front & Warren Streets. Tour steps out at 10 a.m.

Tuesday Dec 27

NJ State House Tours
10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm FREE
145 W. State St.
Visit the home of the New Jersey State Legislature. Join a guided tour of the General Assembly and Senate chambers and discover the storied history of New Jersey’s State House. Advanced reservations required. Call 609-847-3150. For details, click link in event title.

The Stars of 1776
10:30 am & 1 pm
Planetarium at New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State Street
Public Admission: $10 adult; $5 child (12 years & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person.
Explore the night sky as it would have been seen in 1776, prior to other featured planetarium programming. For details, click link in event title. 

 Hidden History Tour
1 pm FREE
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
140 N Warren St
Stop in for a tour and talk revealing how this site was pivotal to the Battle of Trenton, what happened to the cannons under the poplars, catacombs under the church, as well  as the grave of David Brearley, founder of the Electoral College and signer of the Constitution. For details, click link in event title. 

“A Revolutionary Conversation: Whose freedom anyway?”
3 – 5 pm FREE
Trenton Free Public Library
120 Academy St
Trenton Free Public Library will transform into a “living museum” featuring students from Sprout U School of the Arts sharing the perspectives of African Americans on the Revolutionary War and its meaning for enslaved people. Trenton students will portray real-life African-Americans living during the Revolutionary War and excluded from the ideals espoused by founding fathers that “all men are created equal” and “endowed with certain inalienable rights…”  Students selected characters from biographies featured in the book Answering the Cry for Freedom by Gretchen Woelfle. For details, click link in event title. 

Wednesday Dec 28

Old Barracks Museum Tours
10 am – 4 pm
Open for tours. Adults $10 | Students & Seniors $8 | Active Military and Children under 5 yrs FREE
101 Barrack St, Trenton

NJ State House Tours
10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm FREE
145 W. State St.
Visit the home of the New Jersey State Legislature. Join a guided tour of the General Assembly and Senate chambers and discover the storied history of New Jersey’s State House. Advanced reservations required. Call 609-847-3150. For details, click link in event title.

Civil War Flag Unveiling
10 – 11 am
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St.
Enjoy a gallery talk and ceremony unveiling five new flags in the museum’s “Civil War Flag Collection of New Jersey,” one of the largest collections of its kind in the nation. For details, click link in event title. 

The Stars of 1776
10:30 am & 1 pm
Planetarium at New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State Street
Public Admission: $10 adult; $5 child (12 years & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person.
Explore the night sky as it would have been seen in 1776, prior to other featured planetarium programming. For details, click link in event title. 

 Hidden History Tour
1 pm FREE
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
140 N Warren St
Stop in for a tour and talk revealing how this site was pivotal to the Battle of Trenton, what happened to the cannons under the poplars, catacombs under the church, as well  as the grave of David Brearley, founder of the Electoral College and signer of the Constitution. For details, click link in event title. 

Strangely Contaminated: The Loyalists of New Jersey
Noon – 1 pm FREE WEBINAR
New Jersey State Library
The American Revolution was more than pitched battles between armies; the war in New Jersey was mostly fought neighbor against neighbor, father against son, brother against brother. Those that supported the Crown were active and played an important role. Andrew Dauphinee, Instruction and Outreach Librarian at the New Jersey State Library, will shed light on the forgotten New Jersey Loyalists. Register here 

“Alexander Hamilton and the 24 Cannons at the Battle of Trent Town” by David Bosted
2 – 3 pm FREE
Trenton Free Public Library
120 Academy St
The critical ingredient in the Battle of December 26 1776 battle is the 18 American cannon and how General Washington and his artillery commander deployed their cannon, which unlike muskets could fire in rain, sleet or snow. Discussion features an 8′ by 10′ map providing a birds-eye view of the action. For details, click link in event title. 

Thursday Dec 29

Old Barracks Museum Tours
10 am – 4 pm
Open for tours. Adults $10 | Students & Seniors $8 | Active Military and Children under 5 yrs FREE
101 Barrack St, Trenton

NJ State House Tours
10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm FREE
145 W. State St.
Visit the home of the New Jersey State Legislature. Join a guided tour of the General Assembly and Senate chambers and discover the storied history of New Jersey’s State House. Advanced reservations required. Call 609-847-3150. For details, click link in event title.

The Stars of 1776
10:30 am & 1 pm
Planetarium at New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State Street
Public Admission: $10 adult; $5 child (12 years & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person.
Explore the night sky as it would have been seen in 1776, prior to other featured planetarium programming. For details, click link in event title. 

The Revolutionary World of a Free Black Man: Jacob Francis 1754-1836
Noon – 1 pm FREE WEBINAR
New Jersey State Library
Author and historian, William “Larry” Kidder, shares  the story of free Black man Jacob Francis who hailed from Amwell Township, New Jersey. The story of Jacob Francis highlights the longstanding systemic racism in the United States. Register here

 Hidden History Tour
1 pm FREE
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
140 N Warren St
Stop in for a tour and talk revealing how this site was pivotal to the Battle of Trenton, what happened to the cannons under the poplars, catacombs under the church, as well  as the grave of David Brearley, founder of the Electoral College and signer of the Constitution. For details, click link in event title. 

Revolutionary-era Trenton
2:30 pm FREE
Trenton Friends Meeting House
142 E. Hanover St.
Learn about Revolutionary-era Trenton with a slide presentation of a walking tour by Dr. Sharon Ann Holt.

Patriots’ Pub Crawl
4:30 – 8:30 pm FREE (purchase food & drink as desired)
Enjoy good drink, food and camaraderie as we walk to four downtown Trenton “pubs” (as they were called in American Revolutionary times). We’ll start at 1911 Smokehouse BBQ, onward to The Lobby Club, then Mill Hill Saloon and Trenton Social. Crawlers may visit each establishment with the group, or journey on your own. Participants are expected to consume and behave responsibly, adhering to all state and local laws. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. For details, click link in event title.

Friday Dec 30

Old Barracks Museum
10 am – 4 pm
Open for tours. Adults $10 | Students & Seniors $8 | Active Military and Children under 5 yrs FREE
101 Barrack St, Trenton

NJ State House Tours
10 am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm FREE
145 W. State St.
Visit the home of the New Jersey State Legislature. Join a guided tour of the General Assembly and Senate chambers and discover the storied history of New Jersey’s State House. Advanced reservations required. Call 609-847-3150. For details, click link in event title.

The Stars of 1776
10:30 am & 1 pm
Planetarium at New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State Street
Public Admission: $10 adult; $5 child (12 years & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person.
Explore the night sky as it would have been seen in 1776, prior to other featured planetarium programming. For details, click link in event title. 

 Hidden History Tour
1 pm FREE
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
140 N Warren St
Stop in for a tour and talk revealing how this site was pivotal to the Battle of Trenton, what happened to the cannons under the poplars, catacombs under the church, as well  as the grave of David Brearley, founder of the Electoral College and signer of the Constitution. For details, click link in event title. 

Saturday Dec 31

Old Barracks Museum
Throughout the day FREE
American Soldiers will be stationed at the Old Barracks throughout to interact with the Public and talk about their experiences fighting for George Washington in 1776.

Old Barracks Museum
11 a.m. FREE
Soldiers of the Continental Army will drill and fire muskets on the Parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum, demonstrating how George Washington’s army became a worthy foe of the British and Hessians. For details, click link in event title. 

1 p.m. FREE
Soldiers of the Continental Army will drill and fire their muskets on the Parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum, demonstrating how George Washington’s army became a worthy foe of the British and Hessians.

The Stars of 1776
Noon & 3 pm
Planetarium at New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State Street
Public Admission: $10 adult; $5 child (12 years & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person.
Explore the night sky as it would have been seen in 1776, prior to other featured planetarium programming.

Hogmanay
2 pm FREE
William Trent House
15 Market St, Trenton, NJ 08611
Welcome to the Scottish celebration of the New Year — celebrated in honor of William Trent, founder of Trenton, who immigrated from Scotland. Hear bagpipers start off the program, learn the authentic recipe for shortbread of Trent’s time, listen to Scottish folk tales, enjoy Scottish treats, and end with sending your wishes for 2023 up in smoke! For details, click link in event title. 

Continental Army March to Mill Hill Park
4 – 4:15 pm FREE
Soldiers of the Continental Army will march out from the Old Barracks Museum and drill and fire their muskets in Mill Hill Park, demonstrating how George Washington’s army became a worthy foe of the British and Hessians. (Gates to the Museum close).

Assunpink Firewalk & Reading of The American Crisis
5 pm FREE
Mill Hill Park; Iron Bridge and canal walk
Traditional Music, warm drinks, and cookies on the Iron Bridge, followed by the dramatic lighting of 13 torches along the River Bank and the reading of Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis

Peace Vigil
5 – 6 pm FREE
1739 Friends Meeting House
142 E Hanover St
The Friends Meeting House was occupied by British Dragoons in December 1776. It is where George Clymer, a Pennsylvania signer of the Declaration of Independence, is interred in the burial ground. Similar to a Quaker meeting, this event encourages those attending to contemplate and speak if they feel led. For details, click link in event title. 

Capital Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey New Year’s Eve Concert
8 pm TICKETS REQUIRED
Patriots Theater Trenton War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive
For details, click link in event title. 

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