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Old Barracks Museum

Tel:(609) 530-0900

1000 Charles Ewing Blvd, Ewing, NJ, 08628

Visiting Ewing, stay at the Springhill Suites Marriott where we offer a free breakfast, parking, and shuttle service.

 

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

Off I-95, this suburban hotel is 10.2 miles from Princeton University and 5.6 miles from Washington Crossing State Park.

Desks with ergonomic chairs and separate living areas with pull-out sofas are offered in each modern studios, plus free WiFi, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels. Kitchenettes provide coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves.

Freebies include a breakfast buffet, parking and an airport shuttle. There’s also an indoor pool and fitness center, in addition to a lobby bar, a 24/7 business center, a convenience store and laundry facilities.

Amenities

  • FREE WI-FI
  • LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
  • VALET SERVICE
  • GREAT AMERICAN GRILL
  • SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX
  • COIN LAUNDRY
  • ACCESSIBIBLE ROOMS
  • FITNESS ROOM
  • SWIMMING POOL
  • MINI BAR
  • 24/7 HOUR PAVILION PANTRY MARKET
  • BUSINESS CENTER

 

Springhill Suites Marriott relaxing and bright pool
Exercise at the Springhill Suites Fitness Center
Beach Feeling Lobby brings energy to your morning when you step in
Wake up with a cup of freshly brewed coffee to wake you up for your day
The newly updated bedrooms are designed to make you feel like you're at home
The modernized family room brings guests closer together to become a community

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A Rich History

In 1758, during the French and Indian War, the building now referred to as the Old Barracks was constructed by the colony of New Jersey in direct response to petitions from residents who were protesting compulsory quartering of soldiers in their own homes. It was one of five such buildings throughout New Jersey constructed for the purpose of housing British soldiers during the winter months of the war, and it is the only one still standing. At the time it was built, it was the largest building in Trenton and the second largest public building in New Jersey after Nassau Hall in Princeton.

Throughout the Revolutionary War, the Barracks was used for a variety of purposes by both the British and the Americans.

After the war, a portion of the Barracks was demolished to extend Front Street to the newly erected State House. The two remaining structures managed to survive by becoming part of the Trenton landscape and serving a variety of useful purposes, including The Indigent Widows' and Single Women's Home Society of Trenton, the residence of the first Mayor of Trenton, and a boarding school.​ At the beginning of the 20th century, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized the Old Barracks Association and spearheaded a campaign to "Save the Old Barracks". From 1985 to 1998 the building underwent a multi-million dollar second restoration, resulting in its current appearance, which is believed to be a much more accurate representation of how it would have looked in 1758.

Still Standing Strong

Today the Old Barracks preserves the history of this iconic building, while educating the public through daily interpretation of the site, unique programming and a full calendar of special events. We welcome over 12,000 school children a year, from every county in the State who "Meet the Past" and learn about 18th century life in New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum welcomes visitors from across the state as well as around the world.

The building has been a museum for over a century, and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey.​

After the war, a portion of the Barracks was demolished to extend Front Street to the newly erected State House. The two remaining structures managed to survive by becoming part of the Trenton landscape and serving a variety of useful purposes, including The Indigent Widows' and Single Women's Home Society of Trenton, the residence of the first Mayor of Trenton, and a boarding school.​ At the beginning of the 20th century, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized the Old Barracks Association and spearheaded a campaign to "Save the Old Barracks". From 1985 to 1998 the building underwent a multi-million dollar second restoration, resulting in its current appearance, which is believed to be a much more accurate representation of how it would have looked in 1758.

Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, enjoy the "back in time" experience of what it was like in the 1750s
Live reenactments with town hall meetings, debates, and so much more.

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Listen to the riffs of the Drum and Fife march
Speak to the actors around the barracks and learn about the interesting history of the complex.
Watch the different reenactments throughout the complex including the shooting of a flintlock
The rustic feel of the entire area makes you wonder how it was like living back in that time

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Call Us 717-293-4446