Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Old Barracks

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Capital Preservation Grant
Heritage Tourism Grant
Grant Award: $493,496 (1990); $16,239 (2019); $30,000 (2019)
Grant Recipient: Old Barracks; Trenton Downtown Association
County: Mercer
Municipality: Trenton

The Old Barracks was constructed in 1758 to house British colonial troops during the French and Indian War and is the last remaining colonial barracks in the country. In 1973, the Old Barracks was designated a National Historic Landmark. 

The 2019 Heritage Tourism grant helped fund the distribution of marketing materials, publication of a magazine advertisement, and visitor data collection improvements for the Old Barracks Museum. A second 2019 Heritage Tourism grant helped fund the creation of a website for Patriot’s Week. The 1990 Trust grant helped fund replacement of outdated mechanical systems, installation of new barrier-free access and the restoration of interior finishes. The Old Barracks continues to serve as a living history museum of the Revolutionary period. 

For more information, visit: 

Patriot’s Week is an annual event hosted in the state’s capital that spans the week between Christmas and New Years. Thousands of visitors attend Patriot’s Week every year. The week-long celebration is designed to bring awareness to how the Revolutionary War events that transpired in New Jersey helped shape the nation. The celebration is a collaboration of several local historic sites in Trenton including the Old Barracks Museum, the Trent House, and the Alexander Douglass House, among others. There are nearly 70 immersive events during the week’s festivities including a colonial ball, walking tours, re-enactments, and lectures.   

The Trust grant helped fund the creation of a website for Patriot’s Week. To view the website, visit: 

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