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What are the “Ten Crucial Days?”     

In December 1776, a mere six months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, General George Washington's fledgling American Army and the cause of liberty were on the verge of being extinguished. A disastrous New York campaign that fall had resulted in the loss of more than half of Washington’s troops, as well as the confidence of Congress and his fellow citizens. Retreating through “the Jerseys” with the remnants of his ragtag Continentals, Washington and his soldiers sought refuge on the west bank of the Delaware River, having narrowly escaped King George III's British troops and their Hessian auxiliaries. Doubling as peace commissioners, British General William Howe and his brother, Royal Navy Admiral Sir Richard Howe, reasoned that further bloodshed was unnecessary. They assumed that the rebellious American soldiers—many of whose enlistments were scheduled to expire at year's end—would no longer be able to offer any significant resistance. Settling into winter quarters, General Howe ordered his regiments to set up a string of cantonments posted through the Jerseys.  

George Washington saw something very different... Taking stock of his army’s desperate situation, the rebel commander-in-chief would launch his forces into a series of victorious engagements, of which British historian Sir George Otto Trevelyan later wrote, “It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with greater and more lasting effects upon the history of the world.” That space of time—December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777—encompassed “Ten Crucial Days” that changed the course of history.

Do something revolutionary! Experience the “Ten Crucial Days.”

Upcoming Events

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Tours of the Old Barracks

December 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
101 Barrack Street
Trenton, NJ NJ United States
$10

Open for tours. The Old Barracks Museum offers tours that detail Trenton’s role in the 18th century, as well as the details of the Battle of Trenton. Tickets: $10 adults; $8 students and seniors. Google Calendar iCal Export Details Date: Time:

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Musket Demonstration at the Old Barracks Museum

December 26 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
2 Barrack St United States

Soldiers of the NJ Line of the Continental Army will drill and fire their muskets on the Parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum. Included in regular cost of admission.

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George Washington’s Ten Crucial Days: Vision for Victory Unfolds with author William “Larry” Kidder

December 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
185 West State Street
Trenton, United States

Between December 24, 1776 and January 3, 1777, George Washington was faced with a number of critical decisions. The actions he formulated would play a major role in either bringing the American Revolution to a crushing defeat or reviving hope for its eventual success. This talk examines those decisions to understand how the battles of…

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Musket Demonstrations

December 26 @ 12:00 pm - December 31 @ 2:00 pm
101 Barrack Street
Trenton, NJ NJ United States

@ – Soldiers of the NJ Line of the Continental Army will drill and fire their muskets on the Parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum. Included with Old Barracks admission. (Monday through Friday; 1:00pm only on Saturday. Closed Sunday) Google Calendar iCal Export Details Date: Time:

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The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie

December 26 @ 12:30 pm - December 31 @ 4:00 pm
299 Parkside Ave
Trenton, NJ 08606 United States

@ – (Closed Monday and Tuesday) Fee: Pay as you wish Google Calendar iCal Export Details Date: Time:

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Tours of the Trent House

December 26 @ 12:30 pm - December 29 @ 4:00 pm
15 Market St
Trenton, NJ 08611 United States
$5

Take a tour of the country estate owned by William Trent, for whom the City of Trenton is named. Tickets: $5 adults, $4 children & seniors. Google Calendar iCal Export Details Date: Time:

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The British Army in North America 1768-1783

December 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
101 Barrack Street
Trenton, NJ NJ United States
free

A presentation by Asher Lurie of the Old Barracks Museum describing the true story of the British soldiers and officers sent to defend and maintain the thirteen American Colonies. Google Calendar iCal Export Details Date: Time:

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Musket Demonstration at the Old Barracks Museum

December 26 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
2 Barrack St United States

Soldiers of the NJ Line of the Continental Army will drill and fire their muskets on the Parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum. Included in regular cost of admission.

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What We Sang Together Community Songs from Revolutionary-Era America

December 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
142 East Hanover St.
Trenton, New Jersey United States

Join acappella chorus Hopewell Hall to hear songs people might have sung together in the American colonies. Like today, people sang together in many settings and for diverse reasons: at religious gatherings, while working, in taverns, and by firesides with the family. The chorus will showcase the shape note, West Gallery, and folk songs they…