Patriots Week (Dec. 26 –31, 2016) Commemorates 240th Anniversary of the Battles of Trenton, the Most Important Battles of the American Revolution
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Trenton was Pivotal in the American Revolutionary War
It's been 240 years since the Battle of Trenton saved the cause of the Continental Army and the American Revolution in 1776. On a frigid Christmas Day, George Washington gathered his men, crossed the ice-choked Delaware River and surprised a force of Hessian mercenaries who were encamped in Trenton. In the second battle, the army was also victorious. The two Battles of Trenton are considered among the most decisive battles in the Revolutionary war.
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"For many the last time they visited Trenton's Old Barracks or the State House was during a grammar school field trip," said Tom Gilmour, Executive Director of the Trenton Downtown Association. "Trenton's history comes to life during Patriots Week with free and affordable events. It's an opportune time for everyone to learn more about local history and to experience what it may have been like back in 1776 in the Garden State."
9 Reasons to Participate in Patriots Week
1. Historic Tours – Many of Trenton's historic locations and buildings will be open for tours throughout Patriots Week, including the State House, Old Barracks Museum and the 1719 William Trent House Museum (the domicile of the man the City was named for). Also join a 10-block interpretive walk that narrates the minute-by-minute events of the Battles of Trenton. More info at barracks.org, www.williamtrenthouse.org and for State House tours (609) 847-3150.
2. Battle Reenactments – See history unfold during the reenactment of the Battle of Trenton on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 11am. Follow the soldiers from the Battle monument down Warren Street to Mill Hill Park. Then at 3pm see the battle of the Assunpink in Mill Hill Park. Cost. $0. barracks.org.
3. Old Barracks Story Telling – On Dec. 26 at 2pm, visit The Old Barracks Museum and learn the story of John Honeyman, a butcher/cattle dealer who — according to legend — became a spy for George Washington leading up to the game-changing victory in the First Battle of Trenton. Cost $0
4. See the Sky in 1776! – The NJ State Museum will celebrate the city's history by hosting holiday planetarium shows featuring constellations and planets that occupied the sky when George Washington crossed the Delaware. Cost: $7 adult, $5 child. Visit njstatemuseum.nj.gov for dates and times.
5. Insightful Lectures – The Trenton Free Library presents Larry Kidder, author and historian, lecturing on "Ten Crucial Days" in 1776 Trenton on Dec. 27, 5:30pm; Dave Hart, trustee of Trenton Historical Society, will deliver "John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot" lecture on Dec. 28, 5:30pm; and uncover the role that African Americans in Trenton played during the war with Dr. Jack Washington on Dec. 30 at 2pm. Visit http://www.trentonlib.org.
6. Revolutionary Pub Crawl – Presented by TDA, on Dec. 29 is a period pub crawl of downtown Trenton watering holes and restaurants. Colonial dress welcome. Check patriotsweek.com for the schedule. Cost $0, buy your own drinks and food.
7. Dance Like Colonial Elite – Learn to dance like the founding fathers during The Colonial Ball, held Dec. 30 at 7pm at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple. Wear your period attire. For tickets, visit barracks.org.
8. Hamilton in Trenton – On Dec. 31 at 12:30pm, follow the movements of all 24 of the cannons on the streets of Trenton during the Battle of Trenton in this explosive lecture that will demonstrate why 18 American cannons (including those commanded by Alexander Hamilton) were decisive in the victory over the Hessians. Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 E. Hanover St, Trenton. Visit ellarslie.org for details.
9. New Year's Eve Concert – The Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra closes out the week at Patriots Theater. Pianist Leon Bates will be joining the orchestra for a performance of Rhapsody in Blue.
OTHER NEARBY EVENTS
Washington's Crossing Reenactments – Thousands gather at the banks of the Delaware River in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania to watch the reenactment of George Washington's daring Christmas Day river crossing. Sunday, Dec. 25 at 1pm. Cost $0 washingtoncrossingpark.org
Battle of Princeton – On Jan. 8, 2017, catch a real time historical tour of the Battle of Princeton, including reenactors of various Continental and Congressional regiments, www.pbs1777.org.
For the full list of events, to ask questions, as well as for parking and ticket information, call Trenton Downtown Association 609-393-8998, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or visit patriotsweek.com.
Shakira M. Brown, SMB Strategic Media