The Old Barracks Museum, Trenton New Jersey

The Turning Point of the American Revolution

             The Old Barracks, in Trenton, New Jersey are the only remaining colonial barracks in the country.  During the American Revolution, George Washington crossed the Delaware River to catch this garrison by surprise. The Battle of Trenton took place on December 26, 1776, after General George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River north of Trenton, New Jersey. The hazardous crossing in adverse weather allowed Washington to lead the main body of the Continental Army against Hessian soldiers garrisoned at Trenton. Nearly the entire Hessian force was captured, with negligible losses to the Americans. This Battle proved to be the turning point of the American Revolution. The Victory boosted the Continental Army's flagging morale, and inspired re-enlistments; its effect was enormous throughout the colonies. The revolution itself had been in doubt only a week earlier, and the army seemed on the verge of collapse. However, with this victory, Washington proved that Colonial forces could stand up to British and Hessian regulars. The colonies were galvanized; soldiers agreed to stay and new recruits came and joined the ranks.

For this historic collection Robert Whitley recreated a period field bed, a drop leaf table in walnut, several period packing boxes and cellarets.

Robert Whitley Old Barracks