Colonial church service, tours, and cannons in Cadwalader Park all happening in Trenton on Sunday December 31st as part of Patriots Week.

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. 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. Event ends at 3:00 pm and is free; Donations encouraged!

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