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Patriots Week

Thank you for supporting Patriots Week 2019.  Please consider taking the 2019 Patriots Week Survey.  To understand the audience and how Patriots Week might be made better, The Trenton Downtown Association and Dr. Bryon Tyrrell of Stockton University Tourism and Management Studies have put together a survey for visitors to Patriots Week.  If you would be kind enough to complete the survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CS2THN8 . The survey generally takes less than five minutes to complete.  Thank you.    

Celebrate America's history with the largest Revolutionary festival in the country right in the heart of Trenton from December 26th-31st! 2019 is the 243rd anniversary of the Battles of Trenton, the most important battles of the Revolutionary War. Remember the picture of Washington crossing the Delaware? He was headed to Trenton to change the course of history. Patriots Week, December 26th- 31st runs annually during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. This festival features more than 30 activities for adults and children, including historic site tours, a revolutionary pub crawl, the colonial ball, concerts, puppet shows, lectures and the always popular re-enactments of the Battles of Trenton. 

Patriots' Week is produced by the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) in collaboration with the Old Barracks Museum and Crossroads of the American Revolution.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit  https://patriotsweek.com/

 

 

Patriots Week Battle of Princeton cannon, theatre, and Revolutionary War soldiers stand guard

Area Events

 

Washington Crossing Reenactment Dress Rehearsal

Sunday 12/8/2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (crossing: 1 pm)
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Witness George Washington’s 1776 Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River. This Bucks County tradition features several hundred reenactors and George Washington himself plus family-friendly colonial activities & demonstrations throughout the day. For special assistance or ADA accommodations: call Jennifer Martin 215-493-4076. www.washingtoncrossingpark.org
Cost: $8 Adults, $4 Children aged 6-11 (5 and under free)

 

Bus Tour: Traversing the Ten Crucial Days Campaign

12/21, 12/27 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Meet at Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977

This all-day bus tour through Washington Crossing, Trenton, and Princeton explores the social, topographical, and military aspects of the campaigns of the Ten Crucial Days, December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777. Historical interpreters include Larry Kidder, author of TEN CRUCIAL DAYS: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds, and Roger S. Williams, co-founder of TenCrucialDays.org.
Cost $125
Purchase tickets: www.patriotsweek.com

 

67th Annual Washington Crossing Reenactment

Wednesday 12/25/2019 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (crossing: 1:00 pm)
Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Witness American History Come to Life! Each December, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas night river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats. Please arrive early to ensure parking. For special assistance or ADA accommodations: Call Jennifer Martin
215-493-4076. www.washingtoncrossingpark.org
Free

 

Musical Workshop Reading of The Crossing: The Ten Crucial Days The Musical

Saturday 12/28/2019 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Adeth Israel Synagogue
The sacrifice…the glory…the musical! Come see a sneak preview of scenes from a revolutionary new musical in development. This is the story about the times that tried men’s souls. Historically accurate, heart-pounding, and patriotic, The Crossing and the Ten Crucial Days presents inspiring tunes that are both poignant and full of humor. Actors portray the officers, the men, and the women who changed the course of history during the Ten Crucial Days. A $15 donation suggested. To register, or for more information, go to facebook @TheCrossingMusical or, www.TheCrossingMusical.com
Cost: $15

 

Experience the Battle of Princeton​

Sunday 12/29/2019 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Park at the Princeton Battlefield State Park,
500 Mercer Street, Princeton NJ

The Princeton Battlefield Society will present its annual educational event commemorating the Battle of Princeton, the immediate sequel to the Second Battle of Trenton. The event will start at 9:00am at the Princeton Historical Society’s Updike Farm, adjacent to Princeton Battlefield State Park, with a presentation by local historian William L. Kidder, and will then move to the Battlefield where Mr. Kidder will lead interpretation of the recreation of the battle by re-enactors representing the Continental and British units involved. For registration and detailed event information, please visit www.pbs1777.org.
Free

 

Annual Hogmanay Bonfire at the 1761 Brearley House

Tuesday 12/31/2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
1761 Brearley House at Maidenhead Meadows Park, Lawrenceville, NJ
100 Meadow Road Parking at Princeton Pike Corp. Center, 200 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ; lighted trail and shuttle bus connection to Brearley House.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Lawrence Historical Society’s family-oriented Hogmanay Bonfire and open house. The Hogmanay Bonfire will take place in the Great Meadow promptly at 6:00pm. This December 31st is also the 275th Anniversary of the Birthday of Edward Hand, locally famed for his role in the Ten Crucial Days and later as George Washington’s Adjutant General 
Free; suggested donation $5

 

Colonel Hand Historic March

Saturday, 1/4/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lawrence Township Municipal Center,
2207 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
Celebrate the 58th annual commemoration of Colonel Edward
Hand’s Delaying Actions on the Maidenhead – Trenton Road on January 2nd, 1777, part of the Ten Crucial Days and the prelude to the Battles of Assunpink Creek and Princeton. Enjoy a historical program inside the Municipal Center followed by a musket firing from the front steps. Then join us for a two-mile march along the historic highway to sites of the delaying actions. See the new historical markers on the Bridge Academy property at Five Mile Run. Experience actual cannon fire at Shabakunk Creek (at Notre Dame High School). Rides will be provided to return to the Municipal Center. Following the march there will be refreshments served at the Lawrence Nature Center (481 Drexel Ave). For more information, contact Lawrence Twp. Recreation Dept 
609-844-7067.
Free

 

Thursday, December 26th

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour
Starbucks, 102 South Warren St. (Corner of Front St.)
This 10-block interpretive walk brings to life the events of the two battles of Trenton. Guests are welcome to gather at Starbucks at 9 am for a question-and-answer session over coffee. The tour begins at 10 am and includes the historic Trenton Battle Monument, ending up along the Assunpink Creek in Mill Hill Park. Ralph Siegel of Trenton Battlefield Tours will lead the walk with block-by-block, minute-by-minute narrative.
Free

 

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm George Washington’s Ten Crucial Days with author William “Larry” Kidder
New Jersey State Library, Level 2 Reading Room, 185 West State Street
Between December 24, 1776, and January 3, 1777, George Washington was faced with a number of critical decisions. The actions he formulated would play a major role in either bringing the American Revolution to a crushing defeat or reviving hope for its eventual success. This talk examines those decisions to understand how the battles of Trenton and Princeton prevented an early end to the war for independence and reversed American despair during the “times that tried men’s souls.” Please note: Seating for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the room capacity of 75 individuals is reached, no further attendees will be admitted. ID is required as you enter the State Library.
Free

 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm The British Army in North America 1768-1783
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack St
A presentation by Asher Lurie of the Old Barracks Museum describing the true story of the British soldiers and officers sent to defend and maintain the thirteen American Colonies.
Free with Old Barracks Museum Admission

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Harmonious Art – Musick in 18th Century America
Historic Trenton Friends Meeting House, 142 East Hanover St.
The Practitioners of Musick featuring John Burkhalter, recorders, and Donovan Klotzbeacher, harpsichord, perform beautiful 18th Century music in the historic Quaker Meeting House.
Free

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm King George and the March of Folly
Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack St.
Literature, media and festivals (including Patriots Week) tend to focus on the triumph of the patriots on our side of the Atlantic. But what was going on in London? Leaders who were arrogant, ignorant and vain put the world’s great superpower on the path to disaster. Patriots Week battlefield guide Ralph Siegel stays indoors for once to offer a presentation on England’s “March of Folly” as explained by Barbara Tuchman.
Free

 

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Revolutionary Pub Crawl
Checkers, 14 South Warren Street
Join a period pub crawl of downtown Trenton watering holes and restaurants. Attendees must mention the PASSCODE: MERCER, to receive your wristbands and ticket at the door for a special giveaway. Colonial dress attire is welcomed and encouraged — we want you to put on your best because we will be judging the best-dressed person for a colonial giveaway!
Free, just pay for your food and drink

 

 

Friday, December 27th

10:30 am - 1:30 pm State House Artwork Tour
New Jersey State House, (Enter via the State House Annex 145 West State St.)
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Public Buildings Arts Inclusion Act with a special tour of the State House and Annex. Visitors see impressive artworks incorporated into the capitol complex, including stained glass, tilework, paintings and sculptures. One hour guided tours begin in the State House Annex Lobby. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Call 609-847-3150 for more information. Programs repeat on Friday, December 28th.
Free.

 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm “ Trenton’s Historic Legacy: The Old Barracks and the Trenton Battle Monument”
Riverview Cemetery, 870 Centre St.
A presentation highlighting the early efforts to save the Old Barracks by the city’s Daughters of the American Revolution chapter and the work of the Trenton Battle Monument Association in creating the Trenton Battle Monument followed by a walking tour of the gravesites of some of the civic-minded men and women associated with these endeavors.  Limited to 20 participants.  historian.riverviewcemetery@gmail.com or 267-201-3655.
Cost: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $5 Students 12-18; Free - Children 11 and under.

 

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Signs of the Times
Mill Hill Park (Corner of Broad & Front Streets) 165 E. Front Street
Join Richard Hunter on a walking tour from Mill Hill park to Petty’s Run and explore the signs that detail the downtown neighborhood’s rich history. Dr. Hunter led the team that conceived and designed these informative signs. 
Free

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm “Elias Boudinot IV: The Continental Army’s First Commissary General of Prisoners” lecture by Joseph E. Wroblewski
Trenton Free Public Library 120 Academy Street
After the successful invasion of NYC and surrounding areas by the British during 1776 and the thousands of American prisoners taken, George Washington called upon Congress to set up a centralized authority to deal with the handling of prisoners of war. This presentation will detail the many problems that Boudinot encountered while he held this position coming from both the British and the Continental Congress. Lecture is held in the Community Room. Onsite and street parking available.
Free

 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Brother David Brearley: The Most Important Founding Father That We Don’t Know 
Trenton Masonic Temple 100 Barrack Street 
Unheralded by many, he quietly reposes in an obscure churchyard in the most historic precinct of Trenton. Unknown to most, he was a pivotal co-creator of the government of the United States. He was Brother David Brearley, Freemason, the most important founding father that we don’t know. Sponsored by New Jersey Freemasons Grand Lodge Museum and History Committee.
Free

 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Trenton Masonic Museum Exhibition and Discussion
Trenton Masonic Temple 100 Barrack Street 
Partake of over 230 years of epic Masonic history in New Jersey. View a rich and wide variety of Masonic symbols, attire, documents, artifacts, and esoterica. Learn about Masonic culture, organization, traditions, and more. Sponsored by New Jersey Freemasons Grand Lodge Museum and History Committee.
Free

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Patriots Scrabble
Classics Bookstore 4 West Lafayette Street
Scrabble for all skill levels. Bonus points for playing “patriot,” “republic,” “declaration” or “constitution.” Penalties for playing “loyalist,” “monarchy,” “colonial” or “empire.”
Free

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm The Colonial Ball
Old Barracks Museum 101 Barrack Street 
The Colonial Ball is your chance to mingle with the soldiers of the Battle of Trenton and learn their favorite dance steps! You’ll be whisked away into the past as you learn the dance steps from Sue Dupre while John Burkhalter and Ridley and Anne Enslow perform music. Refreshments will be served.
Cost: $25

 

Saturday, December 28th

10:00 am – 11:00 am Civil War Flag Unveiling
New Jersey State Museum 205 West State Street
Enjoy a gallery talk and ceremony unveiling the latest rotation of historic flags from the NJ Civil War Flag Collection, one of the largest collections of its kind in the nation. With flag historian David Martin and State Museum Curator Nicholas Ciotola.
Free

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Hogmanay! Scottish Celebration of the New Year
1719 William Trent House Museum 15 Market Street 
Closing out the 300th year since the construction of the 1719 William Trent House will be the celebration of Hogmanay in honor of Trent’s Scottish heritage. Come hear bagpipes, learn about Hogmanay traditions, eat Scottish meat pasties and other seasonal treats, and send your wishes for 2019 up in smoke. Plenty of free parking.
Free

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Trenton in 1775: Historic Tour Led by Dr. Sharon Ann Holt
St. Michael’s Church 140 North Warren Street
Washington’s army and the Hessian occupation each brought 1500 men into Trenton, then a town of only 500 souls and two major streets. Thanks to Hunter Research, we now know a lot about those Trentonians. Trenton Friends Meeting invites you to walk the early streets with Penn State historian, Dr. Sharon Ann Holt, meeting Trenton’s artisans, entrepreneurs, families, Loyalists, political movers and shakers, and two signers of the Declaration of Independence. Dress warmly, and be prepared to walk about 10 blocks in total.
Free

 

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm “My Brave Fellows”
Old Barracks Museum 101 Barrack Street
With enlistments about to end, Washington’s officers compel the Soldiers of the Continental Army to stay on six more weeks beyond the end of their enlistments. 
Free with Old Barracks Museum Admission.

 

 

Sunday, December 29th

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Alexander Hamilton and the 24 Cannons at the Battle of Trenton
Trenton City Museum in Ellarslie Manson 299 Parkside Ave
This tabletop talk will follow the movements of all 24 of the cannons on the streets of Trenton during the Battle of Trenton and demonstrate why the 18 American cannons – including the two six-pounders commanded by Alexander Hamilton – were decisive in the victory over the Hessians, who had six brass three-pounder cannons. A four-pounder cannonball will be on display during the talk. Presenter: Urban planner and Museum Trustee David Bosted.  
Pay as you wish.

 

 

 

Monday, December 30th

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour
Starbucks 102 South Warren St. 
This 10-block interpretive walk brings to life the events of the two battles of Trenton. Guests are welcome to gather at Starbucks at 9:00 am for a question-and-answer session over coffee. The tour begins at 10:00 am and includes the historic Trenton Battle Monument, ending up along the Assunpink Creek in Mill Hill Park. Ralph Siegel of Trenton Battlefield Tours will lead the walk with block-by-block, minute-by-minute narrative. The event ends at 12:00 pm. 
Free

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm "Trenton’s Historic Legacy: The Old Barracks and the Trenton Battle Monument” 
Riverview Cemetery 870 Centre St
A presentation highlighting the early efforts to save the Old Barracks by the city’s Daughters of the American Revolution chapter and the work of the Trenton Battle Monument Association in creating the Trenton Battle Monument followed by a walking tour of the gravesites of some of the civic-minded men and women associated with these endeavors. Each participant will receive a booklet. Reservations are required as seating for each presentation is limited to 20 participants: historian.riverviewcemetery@gmail.com or 267-201-3655. 
Free

 

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm “Out with the Old, In with the New: New Sweden and The American Revolution” Lecture by Erick Burro
Trenton Free Public Library 120 Academy Street
This talk will discuss South Jersey’s earliest colonial settlements in the Delaware Valley, which began as the New Sweden Colony by Peter Minuit, a former Dutch governor of New Amsterdam, on behalf of the Kingdom of Sweden, and their part during the American Revolution. An accompanying exhibit of photographs documenting places of this early period of colonial New Jersey history will be on display in the library’s Mezzanine Gallery during the month. The lecture is held in the Community Room. Onsite and street parking are available. www.trentonlib.org.
Free

 

Tuesday, December 31st

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm John Honeyman, Washington’s Spy: Unsung Hero or Urban Legend?
Old Barracks Museum  101 Barrack Street 
The story of John Honeyman, the Griggstown, New Jersey butcher and cattle dealer who, according to legend, became a spy for General George Washington in the months leading up to the game-changing victory in the First Battle of Trenton, has intrigued and befuddled historians for more than one hundred years. This presentation by Tim Strollery will lay out the genesis of the story, explore the findings on each side of the Honeyman mystery, and ultimately invite attendees to join in the search for more primary evidence that can support or debunk the legend of Washington’s spy at Trenton. 
Free

 

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Annual Peace Vigil
Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 East Hanover St.
Join the Trenton Friends Meeting for the annual vigil for peace in the new year. Light refreshments will be served.
Free

 

8:00 pm Capital Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey - New Year’s Eve Concert
The War Memorial Patriots Theatre,1 Memorial Drive
Celebrate the New Year with one of Trenton’s most beloved traditions. This year’s special guest artist is Grace Gilday
renowned soprano. A night to remember! Conducted by Daniel Spalding. Tickets $30-$70. www.capitalphilharmonic.org
Ends 10:00 pm

Patriots Week British soldier with pint, people celebrating, two Patriot Week cast members posing

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