Patriots Week Has Arrived In Trenton ~ FREE Activities for the Whole Family

Posted on: December 21st, 2017 by

We’ve been telling you about Patriots Week annually since 2013. Enjoy what’s planned for this year’s Patriots Week in Trenton.

 

Every year history comes alive during Trenton, NJ’s Patriots Week!

 

Patriots Week in New Jersey

 

In 1776, the tide turning Battles of the American Revolution were waged on the streets and in the fields of downtown Trenton. Join the salute to Trenton’s past, commemorate the passion of the patriots who fought for American Independence, and honor the spirit of revolution and patriotism that flourishes today during this year’s Patriots Week. Concerts, tours, performances, presentations, exhibits, hands-on activities and book signings bring Colonial history into the modern age and draw a dynamic mix of families, history buffs, re-enactors and culture seekers to New Jersey’s Capital.

 

Free or inexpensive activities to enjoy with your family during Patriots Week!

 

Tuesday, December 26 Patriots Week Activities

  • John Honeyman, Washington’s spy: Unsung hero or Urban Legend? 11:00 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 120 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 (parking at 107 East Hanover Street) 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 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. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • “1776” interactive screening,  12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. New Jersey State Museum Auditorium, 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Come in costume if you wish and join a play-along screening of “1776” where you can sing your favorite songs, sign the Declaration of Independence, and more! Pre-purchased tickets encouraged. Visit www.patriotsweek.com for more info and ticket prices. Presented by Theatre to Go and sponsored by Crossroads of the American Revolution.
  • Songs of the Revolutionary Era, 2:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 120 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 (parking at 107 East Hanover Street) Bombardments! Battles! Patriotism! Soldiers and Sailors! Brave Lasses! Folk singers Stacy Flora Roth and Bob Dupre explore the Yankees’ side of the American Revolution through songs, ballads, odes and hymns of the day. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • Who Lies there? 3:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 120 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 (parking at 107 East Hanover Street) The First Presbyterian Churchyard is the final resting place of many of Trenton’s most notable Revolutionary War figures. Come meet these fine personages and pay your respects at their gravestones and memorials. Tour led by Pastor John Allen and Trenton archaeologist Richard Hunter. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • Lecture: Larry Kidder “Trenton’s people at the crossroads of revolution” 5:30 p.m. Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 During the American Revolution, Trenton was on a main road connecting the New England and Southern states fighting for independence. This brought a lot of action to the town and it became the location of an important Continental Army supply depot and a hospital. This talk will tell the stories of Trenton residents that reflect how the Revolution affected civilians as well as military people and the many ways they contributed in large and small ways to the Revolution’s successful outcome. Larry Kidder is a retired history teacher and historian/author. His most recent book is Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton, 1774- 1783 (The Knox Press, 2017). This is a FREE activity during Patriots Weekwww.trentonlib.org
  • Annus MirabiLis – a musical celebration of the year of miracles  7:00 p.m. Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 The Practitioners of Musick perform a selection of music written to celebrate the victories of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War with a focus on Trenton’s involvement in each. For tickets: www.barracks.org

 

Wednesday, December 27 Patriots Week Activities

  • Battles of Trenton Walking tour 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sunrise Luncheonette, 26 South Warren Street, Trenton, NJ. Ralph Siegel of Trenton Battlefield Tours leads this 10-block interpretive walk that narrates the dramatic minute-by-minute events of the Battles of Trenton. Walking tour starts at 10.00 a.m.; come early to the Sunrise Luncheonette at 9:00 a.m. for questions and discussion. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • State House Annex Tour  10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Join us for a tour of the State House Annex. Built between 1928 and 1931 to house the Judicial branch of state government, the Annex features a vast array of architectural details and decorative features. You will explore former court rooms, the former home of the State Museum, and contemporary art rarely seen by visitors. Tour is geared for adult audiences. Must be able to climb stairs. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, 609-847-3150
  • New Jersey Hessians – Truth and Lore in the American Revolution 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. New Jersey State Library Level 2 Reading Room, 185 West State Street, Trenton, NJ During the American Revolution, five thousand of the thirty thousand German troops hired by Great Britain to fight rebellious colonists marched across New Jersey. Though popular legend would cast these individuals called Hessians as cold and vicious mercenaries, many were prisoners of war with little choice. Stories of their exploits still circulate in New Jersey. Join author Pete Lubrecht as he navigates the myth of Hessian troops in New Jersey to separate fiction from fact. Seating capacity is 75; photo ID is required to enter the State Library. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week. Please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.
  • George Washington Storytime 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Trenton Free Public Library Children’s Room, 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Come on in to hear some stories about George Washington, leader of the Revolutionary War and our country’s first President. Then we will make hats like the one General Washington wore and we can use our “boat” to reenact his crossing of the Delaware in the Revolutionary War. Ages 5-12. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.  www.trentonlib.org
  • Music for the Two Georges 2:00 p.m. Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 East Hanover Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 The music heard will reflect the musical world of two extraordinary men, King George III and President George Washington. In 1789 George III recovered from his illness to the jubilation of his subjects in Great Britain and in that same year George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States in effect the father of a new country. Program presented by the Practitioners of Musick: John Burkhalter on English and small flutes and Donovan Klotzbeacher on harpsichord. www.practitionersofmusick.org
  • Lecture: Don N. Hagist “The Revolution’s Last Men”  5:30 p.m. Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Lecture: Don N. Hagist, an editor for Journal of the American Revolution, will offer a lecture on his most recent book “The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers behind the Photographs.” As the realization came that only a handful of veterans of the American Revolution still survived, six men were photographed and interviewed in 1864, but with inaccurate results. Making use of sources not available in the 1800’s, a new perspective was gained on their actual service, along with new details of their quiet postwar lives. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Weekwww.trentonlib.org

 

Thursday, December 28 Patriots Week Activities

  • Bus Tour: Traversing the Ten Crucial Days Campaign 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Weather Date: 12/29. Meet at Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977. Begin the New Year with an expanded understanding of 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.
  •  The Bell Rings Again! 12:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 120 East State Street, Trenton. Learn about the First Presbyterian Church’s historic 1807 bell. See how the ringing mechanism of the bell was repaired and hear the bell ring again after 20+ years. www.old1712.org
  • “A Proud Legacy” the Story of an African-American soldier 1:00 p.m. Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 East Hanover Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (Hopewell) presents Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills with “A Proud Legacy” the Story of an African-American soldier who crossed the Delaware with General Washington and later came back to found a lasting community at Sourland.
  • Games Galore 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Trenton Free Public Library Children’s Room, 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. Stop by and enjoy some games that children used to play during colonial times. Make a whirligig craft to take home. Take a turn playing Nine Man’s Morrice, dominoes, chess and checkers. Ages 5-12. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • Mill Hill Park Historical Walking Tour 2:00 p.m. Mill Hill Park, 165 East Front Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Join Richard Hunter as he provides a 45 minute walking tour of Mill Hill Park, highlighting the new historical signage. Gentle outdoor walking, please dress warmly. Meet at the sign kiosk at the corner of South Broad and East Front. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • 18th century British and American Music  3:00 p.m. Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 East Hanover Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Hopewell Hall: a cappella performance of 18th century British and American music, including West Gallery and shape-note singing.
  • Lecture: Jude M. Pfister “Charting an American Republic: The Origins and Writing of the Federalist Papers”  5:30 p.m. Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 With the America revolutionaries in discord following Yorktown and the Paris Peace Treaty, the proposed federal Constitution of 1787 faced an uncertain future when it was sent to the states for ratification. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay circulated 85 essays among their fellow statesmen, arguing for a strong federal union. Next to the Constitution itself, The Federalist Papers are the most referenced statement of the Founding Fathers’ intentions in forming the U.S. government. Dr. Jude M. Pfister works at Morristown National Historical Park where he oversees the museum, archival, and library programs. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week. www.trentonlib.org
  • “John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot” a Documentary 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. New Jersey State Museum Auditorium, 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 The Trenton Historical Society presents the first public showing of “John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot,” a new feature-length documentary on the Hopewell farmer who was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence and New Jersey’s first Speaker of the General Assembly. The 90-minute video, produced by Dave Hart and Jarvis Video Productions, reintroduces this little-known Founding Father, who served as a judge, justice of the peace and legislator. Dave Hart, co-author with John Calu of the novel “Trenton,” will answer questions about the film to conclude the evening.

 

Friday, December 29 Patriots Week Activities

  • Battles of Trenton Walking Tour 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sunrise Luncheonette, 26 South Warren Street, Trenton, NJ Ralph Siegel of Trenton Battlefield Tours leads this 10-block interpretive walk that narrates the dramatic minute-by-minute events of the Battles of Trenton. Walking tour starts at 10.00 a.m.; come early to the Sunrise Luncheonette at 9:00 a.m. for questions and discussion. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • Shapenote Singing 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 East Hanover Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Shape-note singing is a musical practice and tradition of social and community singing from music learned by ear with roots in Shakespearean England. Shape note music (sometimes called Sacred Harp music) is printed with the note heads in distinct shapes (squares, rounds, diamonds, etc.) to indicate their pitch, whether fa so or la. The technique is used to teach people to read music. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • The Distaff Use  12:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 120 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 (parking at 107 East Hanover Street. What qualities define the 18th Century Woman? Virtue? Piety? Gentility? Spirit? Wit? Fortitude? Resignation? Passion? Historical interpreter Stacy F. Roth explores the private thoughts and popular image of women of the 18th century through songs, quotations, poetry and prose. In this unique presentation from a revolving repertoire, audiences will visit with humble heroines, brave Amazons, wise wits, and warriors in disguise. Come, be amused with the distaff muse. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • Alexander Hamilton and the 24 Cannons at the Battle of Trenton 12:30 p.m. Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, 299 Parkside Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08606 The program will follow the movements of all 24 of the cannons on the streets of Trenton during the Battle of Trenton. The talk will 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 three-pounders. A four-pounder cannonball will be on display during the talk. Presented by Urban Planner and Museum Trustee David Bosted.
  • Revolutionary Music: The Signals, Calls and Camp Duties 1:00 p.m. Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 A lecture and musical demonstration comparing the fife and drum calls and camp duties used by the New Jersey Regiments and Philadelphia Battalions 1775- 1777. In addition several of the marches of the luminaries of the Revolution will be performed. Musicians John Lane, Drew Wierzbowski and Stephen Hudak will perform. Suggested admission: $5 per person.
  • Lecture: David Price, “Rescuing the Revolution: Unsung Patriot Heroes and the Ten Crucial Days of America’s War for Independence”  2:00 p.m. Trenton Free Public Library 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 This talk offers a concise but detailed account of a critical moment in our national saga that focuses on the exploits of individuals who have remained largely obscure in the annals of history. It relates their deeds to the broader context of this period and the path that led to ultimate victory, just when the struggle for independence appeared all but lost. David Price is a historical interpreter for the Friends of Washington Crossing Park and leads guided tours focusing on the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week. www.trentonlib.org
  • Trenton Masonic Museum Exhibition and Discussion 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, Corinthian Room (Second Floor), 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 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. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • Brother David Brearley: The Most Important Founding Father That We Don’t Know  4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, Corinthian Room (Second Floor), 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 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. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • Colonial Ball 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 The Colonial Ball is your chance to mingle with the soldiers of the Battle of Trenton and learn their favorite dance steps! $17.76 advance tickets; $20 at the door. www.barracks.org

 

Saturday, December 30 Patriots Week Activities

  • First Battle Reenactment 11:00 a.m. Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Follow the Battle of Trenton from the Battle Monument down Warren Street to Mill Hill Park! This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week. www.barracks.org
  • Puppet Show: The Trouble with Trenton 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Warren Street Plaza, West Hanover and North Warren Streets 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. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week. www.barracks.org
  • Musket Demonstrations 12:30 p.m. Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Soldiers of the 17th Regiment of Infantry will drill and fire their muskets on the Parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum. Included in $5 admission with unlimited re-entry. www.barracks.org
  • Hogmanay! 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 1719 William Trent House Museum 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ 08611 Celebrate the Scottish New Year at the Trent House! William Trent, founder of the city of Trenton, was an immigrant from Scotland who became a wealthy merchant. We honor his heritage with Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year celebration. Join us for hot mulled cider, Scottish sausage rolls, shortbread, and other light refreshments while listening to bagpipers. Tour the Trent House decorated for the holidays. End your visit by tossing your wishes for 2018 into the bonfire! This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week. www.williamtrenthouse.org, facebook.com/trenthousemuseum
  • Civil War Flag Unveiling  2:00 p.m. New Jersey State Museum 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Enjoy a gallery talk and ceremony unveiling the latest rotation of historic flags from the Civil War Flag Collection, one of the largest collections of its kind in the nation. Free.
  • Capital Singers of Trenton 2:00 p.m. The Corner Historic, 1 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 Enjoy a selection of choral songs performed by the Capital Singers of Trenton in one of the most historic locations in the city. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week.
  • Second Battle Reenactment 3:00 p.m. Mill Hill Park See the action of the Battle of the Assunpink in Mill Hill Park! This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week. www.barracks.org

 

Sunday, December 31 Patriots Week Activities

  • Peace Vigil 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Trenton Friends Meeting 142 E Hanover St, Trenton, NJ 08618 (free parking behind Meeting House) Annual New Year’s silent vigil for world peace. This is a FREE activity during Patriots Week. www.quakercloud.org/cloud/trenton-friends-meeting
  • Capital Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Concert  8:00 p.m. Hosted by David Osenberg of WWFM Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ 08608 Many of our patrons have described their perfect New Year’s Eve experience: An early dinner out with friends at one of our many excellent area restaurants, then off to the Philharmonic for some great uplifting music, and then it’s still early enough to make that New Year’s Eve party, go out for a night-cap, or just be home and in bed before midnight. Whatever you choose, the Capital Philharmonic fits right into your plans. Be a part of this huge Trenton tradition – it’s a wonderful way to bring in the New Year. Tickets: www.capitalphilharmonic.org

 

To learn more about what to expect at the Statehouse Tour you can visit our article from our Jersey Family Fun Day in Trenton.

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