Come celebrate Trenton’s pivotal role in the American Revolution by checking out some of these exciting events happening Wednesday December 26th to kick of Patriot’s Week: All events are free of charge unless otherwise noted.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Bus Tour: Traversing the Ten Crucial Days Campaign 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. 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 at www.patriotsweek.com
10:00 a.m. 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 a.m. for a question-and-answer session over coffee. The tour begins at 10 a.m. 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 p.m. and is free.
12:00 p.m. “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 p.m. and is free.
2:30 p.m. “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 p.m. and is free.
5:30 p.m. “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. Onsite and street parking available. www.trentonlib.org. Event ends at 6:30 p.m. and is free.
6:00 p.m. 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 p.m. Free to attend; buy your own drinks and food.