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Join us for a unique opportunity to tour Hunterdon County's original County Seat -- Trenton. This all day bus tour will be guided by two of the best Revolutionary War story tellers around: our own County Historian and author Stepnaie Stevens and the Executive Director of the Old Barracks, Richard Patterson.
Our deluxe coach, equipped with both a restroom and air conditioning, leaves the East Amwell Municipal Building promptly at 9:30 am (please arrive by 9:15 am) and arrives at our morning stop, the Old Barracks. During the French and Indian War in 1758, the Old Barracks was constructed by the colony of New Jersey in direct response to petitions from local residents complaining about compulsory quartering of soldiers in their homes. Throughout the Revolutionar War, British prisoners of war were held in the Officers' House, 4 companies of the Second New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Line were raised here, and in 1777, the Barracks became an army hospital. At the beginning of the month of December, 1776, British and Hessian troops occupied Trenton, and briefly stayed in the Barracks prior to the Battle of Trenton. Loyalists also arrived, seeking protection from the soldiers and were believed to be staying at the Barracks when Washington marched into Trenton on the morning of December 26th.
Following both a guided tour and private time to view the exhibits, lunch will be provided in a private room at the Barracks. You are free to eat outside on the picnic tables or inside.
The bus will then bring us to the Trent House built on an estate of 300 acres around 1719 by William Trent for whom Trenton was named. During the American Revolution, Hessian soldiers occupied the houses. Later, the then owner of the property, Dr. William Bryant, was thrown out of the house because he was a Tory sympathizer. It became a supply depot for Washington's army. Tours are timed, so while some of us enjoy dessert, others will enjoy guided tours of the house and vice versa.
Once back on the bus, Richard and Stephanie will guide our bus around Trenton to see the best and most important Revolutionary War sites including the site of the Battle of Trenton and the location where the original Hunterdon Courthouse stood -- notably the site where, on July 8, 1776, the first reading of the Declaration of Independence occurred in New Jersey. We will visit historic churches, graveyards and the Quaker Meeting House while Richard and Stephanie share some great stories, banter and tales about Trenton, Hunterdon County's Revolutionary War history. We will begin to head back to OUR Hunterdon County around 4 pm.
$30 all inclusive day trip includes deluxe coach, two amazing tour guides, all your admissions, lunch, snacks, tip! Once you have ordered your ticket(s) from Eventbrite, please send your check to confirm your reservation(s) to The Hunterdon 300th, 3 Chorister Place, Flemington, NJ, 08822.
Your payment MUST BE RECEIVED within 3 days of reserving your seats for the tour or your ticket(s) will be released.
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Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee
The Hunterdon County Tricentennial Committee is a Not-For-Profit Corporation created for Hunterdon County's 300th birthday celebration and historical education in 2014.