The Gallery at the Old Barracks offers periodic exhibits
that relate to Colonial New Jersey and the American Revolution. Past
gallery exhibits have focused on the Battle of Trenton, Hessians in
America, women's roles in historic preservation, and on selections from
the museum's collection of antiques and artifacts.
Gallery Exhibit Tours are designed to supplement school
tours and other programs at the Old Barracks. The process of viewing and
discussing the exhibit triggers critical thinking about the objects and
the time in history in which they were made and used.
The Trenton Barracks was built in 1758 by the colony of
New Jersey and served as winter quarters for British "regulars"
returning from fighting in campaigns in the frontier regions of the
French and Indian War in response to colonists' discontent with the
forced quartering of troops in private homes.
The exhibit examines the role of the Lenape/Delaware
people of New Jersey and nearby Pennsylvania in the French & Indian
War. An original Lenape dugout canoe and excavated Lenape tools and
pipes will be displayed. Trentonian, William Trent's relationship with
the Delawares will be examined. His embroidered waistcoat made for him
for an appearance at the Court of St. James after his defense of Fort
Pitt in 1763 will be presented.
Additional displays include: maps showing the locations
of numerous forts in the Upper Delaware county; examples of original
weapons, ceramics and period NJ ephemera; the only surviving "Pine Tree
Flag" which is among the third or fourth oldest surviving flags of any
type in North America or the British Isles; lifelike mannequins
depicting a private soldier of the Jersey Blues, a private soldier of
the 2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment of Foot, and a Delaware warrior; and the
individual names of the many Jersey Blues killed or captured at Oswego
in 1756, Sabbath Day Point and Fort William Henry (depicted in the "Last
of the Mohicans") in 1757.
Hours and Rates
Monday-Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Guided tours on the hour; last tour starts at 4pm
Closed Jan.1st, Easter, Thanksgiving, Dec. 24th-25th
$8 Adults, $6 Seniors/ Students
Association Members, Active US Military Personnel, and children 5 & under are free.