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Old Barracks

Walking into the courtyard of the painstakingly restored Old Barracks in Trenton you feel as if you had walked through time into the Revolutionary War era. Surrounded by the ancient structure of the military barracks, with staff in period costume, and events featuring all aspects of Revolutionary life here, the Old Barracks provides a fascinating full-immersion historical experience. Once the biggest building in Trenton, British and Hessian troops took over the building during the Revolutionary War, but were outflanked and captured by General George Washington's troops in the famous First Battle of Trenton, a turning point in the war. After the war, the barracks became private housing, with parts torn down and greatly altered, but in the early 20th century a farsighted partnership between private preservationists and the state bought the barracks buildings and set about restoring them to their original state. Today the Old Barracks is a highlight of any historical tour in Trenton and plays a major role in the city's annual Patriot's Week celebration. A detailed history and current activities can be found at http://www.barracks.org/.

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