The New Jersey History
and Historic Preservation Conference
The only remaining barrack structure in New Jersey, the Old Barracks was built in 1758 to accommodate British soldiers during the French and Indian War. Today, the restored barracks is home to an interpretive museum, galleries, gift shop, and meeting space. In December 1776, American troops retreating from a year-long series of defeats in New Jersey crossed the Delaware southward into Pennsylvania to escape the British army. Then, on Christmas night, American troops under General Washington recrossed the river a few miles north of Trenton and won a stunning victory the next morning over British and Hessian troops housed in the Old Barracks. During the Revolutionary War, the barracks was one of Washington’s military hospitals.
Take a guided tour of the museum to see demonstrations by talented historic interpreters.