Patriots Week images: crossing the Delaware, mural and living quarters

 

 

Come back soon for 2019's updated events list! 

Below are the details from 2018, as an example of the types of events that are offered.

 

Patriots Week

Celebrate America's history with the largest Revolutionary festival in the country right in the heart of Trenton from December 26th-31st! 2018 is the 242nd 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.

 

 

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

Area Events

Bus Tour: Traversing the Ten Crucial Days Campaign
12/15, 12/26, 12/31 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Meet at Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977

The significant events that turned the tide of the American Revolution from lost cause to victory! This all-day bus tour through Washington Crossing, Trenton, and Princeton explores the social and military questions of the Ten Crucial Days Campaign, December 26, 1776 – January 3, 1777. Cost $125
Purchase tickets: www.patriotsweek.com

 

Washington Crossing Reenactment Dress Rehearsal

Sunday 12/9/2018 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
$8 Adults, $4 Children aged 6-11 (5 and under free)

 

The Christmas Night Crossing Lecture

Saturday 12/15/2018 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Washington Crossing State Park, The Visitor Center Museum, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Titusville, NJ 08560

Capacity: 60. First come first served. Using diaries and letters of the participants, Resource Interpretive Specialist Clay Craighead will give a lecture on the significance of the Christmas Night Crossing and the Battle of Trenton. Free

 

Washington Crossing Reenactment

Tuesday 12/25/2018 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (crossing: 1:00 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, George Washington himself delivering an inspiring speech and then leading troops 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

 

“Songs of the Revolutionary Era” with Liberty Tree (Stacy F. Roth and Bob Dupré)

Thursday 12/27/2018 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Bordentown Branch Library
18 East Union Street, Bordentown, NJ

“Liberty Tree,” the duo of Bob Dupré and Stacy F. Roth, will delight audiences with close harmony singing and anecdotes celebrating events that inspired Independence in Trenton, Princeton, and Bordentown. Free

 

George Washington Remembers: When War Came to Bordentown

Thursday 12/27/2018 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Bordentown Branch Library
18 East Union Street, Bordentown, NJ

Join his Excellency George Washington (portrayed by History on the Hoof's David Emerson) as he recalls the strategic role Bordentown played in the Ten Crucial Days Campaign that changed the course of history. Hear how Bordentown was home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the ablest advocates of the Patriot cause, and how the town witnessed and contributed to a unique advancement in naval technology – but paid a dear price for that privilege. Free

 

Battle of Princeton in Real Time Tour

Sunday 12/30/2018 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Park at the Princeton Battlefield State Park,
500 Mercer Street, Princeton NJ

Join local historian William L. Kidder and re-enactors of various Congressional regiments for a real-time tour of the Battle of Princeton, which took place on the chilly dawn morning of January 3, 1777. Donations for this event: $10 for each adult, $5 for children 12 and under. Register at www.pbs1777.org
info@ThePrincetonBattlefieldSociety.org 609-389-5657

 

Annual Hogmanay Bonfire at the 1761 Brearley House

Monday 12/31/2018 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 in the Great Meadow promptly at 6:00pm. Free; suggested donation $5

 

 

Colonel Hand Historic March

Saturday, 1/5/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lawrence Township Municipal Center,
2207 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Celebrate the 57th annual commemoration of Colonel Edward Hand’s Delaying Actions on the Maidenhead – Trenton Road on January 2nd, 1777. Historical programming and musket firings take place at the Municipal Center before a two-mile march along the historic highway leads to a cannon fire at the Shabakunk Creek (Notre Dame HS). More information at the Lawrence Twp. Recreational Dept 609-844-7067

 

Wednesday, December 26th

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Bus Tour: Traversing the Ten Crucial Days Campaign
Meet at Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977
AVAILABLE ON DEC. 15TH, 26TH AND 31ST.
The significant events that turned the tide of the American Revolution from lost cause to victory! This all-day bus tour through
Washington Crossing, Trenton, and Princeton explores the social and military questions of the Ten Crucial Days Campaign,
December 26, 1776 – January 3, 1777. Larry Kidder (author of “Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton 1774 – 1783” and
“A People Harassed and Exhausted”) and public historian Roger S. Williams provide detailed information about the military
history, terrain, and more. Cost: $125 per person includes bus fare, lunch, and donations to selected tour sites. Limit: 36 Guests.
Purchase tickets: www.patriotsweek.com

 

10:00 am 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. Event ends at 12:00 pm and is free.

 

12:00 pm “ The Road to Assunpink Creek: A New Look at the Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution,” with author David Price
New Jersey State Library, Level 2 Reading Room, 185 West State St.
Mr. Price will share his newest book and the importance of the Battle of Assunpink Creek, January 2, 1777. 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. Photo ID is required as you enter the State Library because it is part of the Capitol Complex.
www.njstatelib.org Event ends at 1:00 pm and is free.

 

2:30 pm “ Barracks. School. Brothel. Museum. The Life of 104 West Front St.”
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack St.
The Officers House of the Old Barracks survived the test of time by becoming a part of the city’s landscape. Lauren Ronaghan
of the Old Barracks Museum details the history of this building, including its many uses and owners in the 19th century.
www.barracks.org Event ends at 3:30 pm and is free.

 

5:30 pm “ The Hessians who Escaped Washington’s Trap at Trenton”, Lecture by Andrew Zellers-Frederick
Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy St.
Although the majority of the approximately 1400-strong Hessian garrison were killed, wounded or captured during the first
Battle of Trenton, nearly 400 German and British troops escaped. These are their stories. On-site and street parking available.
www.trentonlib.org Event ends at 6:30 pm and is free.
 

6:00 pm Revolutionary Pub Crawl

Checkers, 14 South Warren St.
Join a period pub crawl of downtown Trenton watering holes and restaurants.
Attendees must mention the PASSCODE: MARTHA, 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! Event ends at 9:00 pm.
Free to attend; buy your own drinks and food.

 

Thursday, December 27th

11:00 am and 1:00 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. A one-hour
walking tour of the gravesites of some of the civic-minded men and women associated with these endeavors to follow the
presentation. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, as each presentation is limited to 20 participants. Program repeats at 1:00
pm and on Friday. Please RSVP to historian.riverviewcemetery@gmail.com or 267-201-3655
www.facebook.com/RiverviewCemeteryTrentonNJ $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $5 Students 12-18;
Free - Children 11 and under.

 

1:00 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. www.barracks.org Event ends at 2:00 pm and is free.

 

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.

 

2:00 pm “The Cultural World of George Clymer”
Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 East Hanover St.
The Practitioners of Musick featuring John Burkhalter, recorders, and Donovan Klotzbeacher, harpsichord, perform a tribute
to George Clymer, one of that courageous group of patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence. He was a founder
of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and shared musical interest with Charles Willson Peale. George Clymer, a lifelong
Philadelphian, died in Morrisville and is buried in the Trenton Friends Meeting burial ground. Event ends at 4:00 pm and is free.

 

5:30 pm “‘ A Fine Fox Chase’: From Long Island to Prince Towne, 1776-77” Lecture by Rand A. Mirante
Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy St.
Between July 1776 and January 1777, independence was declared, NYC fell to Crown forces, Washington’s routed army fled through New Jersey and nearly disintegrated, and victory was improbably snatched from defeat with the near-run victories at Trenton and Princeton. On-site and street parking available. www.trentonlib.org Event ends at 6:30 pm and is free.

 

6:00 pm Images of the Motherland: Portraits of Omar Ibnbn Sayyid and Sojourner Truth
First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, 120 East State St.
This widely acclaimed interactive living history program brings to life voices of people of African and African American descent. Sponsored by I AM Trenton. Series Part 2 on Saturday 12/29, 4:30 pm www.imagesofthemotherland.com
Event ends at 8:00 pm and is free.

 

Friday, December 28th

1:00 pm “Alexander Hamilton and the 24 Cannons at the Battle of Trenton”
Trenton City Museum in Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park, Parkside Ave. & Bellevue 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 David Bosted. Talk will be repeated on Sunday, December 30 at 2:00 pm.
www.ellarslie.org Event ends at 1:30 pm and is free.

 

1:00 pm “Taking Her Freedom: On a Judge, the Woman who Defied George & Martha Washington”
1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market St.
Born in 1773 in the household of George and Martha Washington, the child of an enslaved mother of African descent and a European-American father, Oney (Ona) Judge’s story is one that contrasts the pursuit of freedom from English rule by American Patriots and the pursuit of freedom from slavery by people held in bondage by those same Patriots. Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps will discuss Ona Judge’s experiences as an example of the tension that existed between the ideals and the realities in the new republic. www.williamtrenthouse.org Ends at 2:15 pm. $8 Trent House Association Members; $10 Non-members.
Parking in rear.

 

2:00 pm “ British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution.” Lecture by Don N. Hagist
Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy St.
The professional soldiers who composed the British army are seldom considered on a personal level, instead being either overlooked, written as nameless subjects, or inaccurately characterized as criminals. Here they are in their own words. On-site and street parking available. www.trentonlib.org Event ends at 3:00 pm and is free.

 

3:00 pm John Honeyman, Washington’s Spy: Unsung Hero or Urban Legend? By Tim Stollery
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack St.
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 Stollery 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. Event ends at 4:00 pm and is free.

 

4:00 pm Brother David Brearley: The Most Important Founding Father That We Don’t Know
Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, Doric Room Second Floor, 100 Barrack St.
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. Event ends at 5:15 pm and is free.

4:00 pm Trenton Masonic Museum Exhibition and Discussion
Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, Corinthian Room Second Floor, 100 Barrack St.
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. Event ends at 8:00 pm and is free.

 

6:00 pm Patriots Scrabble
Classics Bookstore, 4 West Lafayette St.
Scrabble for all skill levels. Bonus points for playing “patriot,” “republic,” “declaration” or “constitution.” Penalties for playing “loyalist,” “monarchy,” “colonial” or “empire.” www.classicsusedbooks.com Event ends midnight and is free.

 

7:00 pm Colonial Ball
Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack St.
The Colonial Ball is your chance to mingle with the soldiers of the Battle of Trenton and learn their favorite dance steps!
Ends 10:00 pm. Tickets available at www.barracks.org $25, $20 for Old Barracks Museum Members.
Tickets will not be available at the door!
 

 

Saturday, December 29th

10:00 am Coffee House
First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, 120 East State St.
Warm up at the Colonial Coffee House, hosted at one of Trenton’s oldest landmarks! Warm drinks, rebellious conversation, and
respite from the elements are served all day. www.old1712.org Event ends at 5:00 pm and is free (Drinks for purchase).

 

11:00 am First Battle Reenactment
Battle Monument to Mill Hill Park
See it live! Follow the Battle of Trenton from the Battle Monument down Warren Street to Mill Hill Park. Troops rally at the
Old Barracks Museum prior to marching off to meet at the Battle Monument at 11:00 am. www.barracks.org Free.

Following the Battle Reenactment: The Spoils of Victory
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack St.
Follow the victorious Continental soldiers back to the Old Barracks Museum after the Battle to see them strip equipment, gear,
and souvenirs from captured Hessian soldiers, before crossing the Delaware River back to Pennsylvania.
Free with $5 Barracks admission (unlimited re-entry).

 

12:00 pm Puppet Show: The Trouble with Trenton
Warren Street Plaza, 101 North Warren St. In case of weather: First Presbyterian Church, 120 East State St.
A “mini” historical look at some amazing American history presented with marionettes and rod puppets - and lots of help from
the audience! The show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of “revolting” action.
www.barracks.org/puppet-shows.html event ends at 1:00 pm and is free.

 

12:30 pm Crossroads of the American Revolution Sign Unveiling
1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market St.
The Trent House Museum will unveil a new interpretive sign highlighting its role in the war for independence as part of the
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area Signage program. This sign along with many others around the
state will point out the critical part New Jersey played in the American Revolution. The Trent House interpretive sign was made
possible by First Bank and NJM Insurance Group. Stay afterwards for Hogmanay! Plenty of free parking in the rear.
www.williamtrenthouse.org 609-989-3027 Event ends at 1:00 pm and is free.

 

1:00 pm Hogmanay! Scottish Celebration of the New Year
1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market St.
Welcoming in 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, meet George Washington, eat Scottish meat pasties and other seasonal treats, and send your wishes for 2019 up in smoke in a bonfire. Plenty of free parking. www.williamtrenthouse.org 609-989-3027 Event ends at 2:00 pm and is free.

 

1:00 pm “A Cursed Country to Make War”
Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 East Hanover St.
Dr. Friederike Baer, Associate Professor of History at Penn State Abington, leads a presentation and discussion about how Hessian soldiers experienced America. Event ends at 2:30 pm and is free.

 

1:30 pm Musket Demonstrations
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack St.
Soldiers of the 17th Regiment of Infantry will drill and fire their muskets on the Parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum. www.barracks.org Ends 2:00 pm Included with $5 Barracks admission (unlimited re-entry).
2:00 pm P Puppet Show: The Trouble with Trenton
Warren Street Plaza, 101 North Warren St. In case of weather: First Presbyterian Church, 120 East State St.
A “mini” historical look at some amazing American history presented with marionettes and rod puppets - and lots of help from the audience! The show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of “revolting” action.
www.barracks.org Event ends at 3:00 pm and is free.

 

2:15 pm “My Brave Fellows”
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack St.
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 $5 Barracks admission (unlimited re-entry).

 

2:30 pm Mustering and Memorial Service for Second Battle Reenactment
First Presbyterian Church, 120 East State St.
Gather at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery for the memorial service for the fallen Hessian soldiers, and gather with the troops as they muster for the Second Battle Reenactment in Mill Hill Park.

 

3:00 pm Second Battle Reenactment
Mill Hill Park, 165 East Front St.
See the action of the Battle of the Assunpink in Mill Hill Park! www.barracks.org. Free

 

4:30 pm Whiskey & Rye: Dad’s Hat Distillery Demonstration & Tasting
First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, 120 East State St.
Local distillers Dad’s Hat present their vintage process of distilling local rye into fine whiskey. Discussion and tasting.
www.old1712.org Event ends at 6:30 pm and is free.

 

4:30 pm Images of the Motherland: Bilali Muhammad
First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, 120 East State St.
This widely-acclaimed interactive living history program brings to life voices of people of African and African American descent. Featured: Bilali Muhammad, a young man from what is now Guinea. www.imagesofthemotherland.com
Event ends at 6:00 pm and is free.

 

Sunday, December 30th

10:00 am Colonial Church Service
First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, 120 East State St.
Experience a Colonial service at one of Trenton’s oldest landmarks. Organized in 1712, the original First Presbyterian Church
was built at its current location on Second (now State) Street in 1727 and used by the Hessians during 1776-77. The current
building dates from 1827. www.old1712.org Event ends at 11:00 am and is free.

 

12:00 pm St. Michael’s Restoration Tour
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 140 North Warren St.
Organized in 1703 and built sometime before 1748, St. Michael’s is the oldest Episcopal church in this area and one of the
oldest in New Jersey. Some of the fighting during the Battle of Trenton took place in its yard. Tour this magnificent historic
landmark and its restorations. Event ends at 1:00 pm and is free.

 

1:00 pm Trenton in 1775: Historic Tour led by Dr. Sharon Ann Holt
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 140 North Warren St.
Starting at St. Michael’s, and ending at the Trenton Friends Meeting House, this tour will explore stories of townspeople in
Trenton during the Battles. Extensive walking involved; please dress for weather and mobility. Light refreshments will be served
at the Friends Meeting House. Event ends at 2:30 pm and is free.

 

2:00 pm Alexander Hamilton and the 24 Cannons at the Battle of Trenton
Trenton City Museum in Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park, Parkside Ave. & Bellevue 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. The talk is 45 minutes long with 15 minutes for questions. Presenter: Urban planner David Bosted.
www.ellarslie.org Event ends at 3:00 pm and is free; Donations encouraged!

 

Monday, December 31st

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Bus Tour: Traversing the Ten Crucial Days Campaign
Meet at Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977
See page 1 for details. Cost: $125 per person includes bus fare, lunch, and donations to selected tour sites. Limit: 36 Guests.
Purchase tickets: www.patriotsweek.com

 

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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