I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Old Barracks Museum

What: Old Barracks Museum

Where: 101 Barrack Street
              Trenton, NJ

Who: Ages 5 and up

Our view: At the Old Barracks, you can learn about history in a place where  that history actually happened.  The Old  Barracks housed British soldier during the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. While there are parts of the building that have been replaced, much of it has been around since back then. The main part of the building is where the soldiers stayed. Attached to that is a house where the officers stayed. Inside of each are items and furniture that the occupants would have actually used at that time. Some are authentic; some are replicas. It is interesting to see what a difference there was between the two groups from the size of their quarters, to their furniture, to the things they ate. We would definitely recommend taking the tour. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and friendly, and will eagerly answer all of  your questions.  Anyone particularly interested in history will especiallly enjoy visiting the Old Barracks as may children who have recently learned about the Colonial time period and who would like to see that history come alive. We wouldn't recommend bringing very young children or anyone with a particularly short attention span however, as they would probably be bored. There are also many special events offered at the Old Barracks, such as, An 18th Century Kids Olympics, History Summer Day Camp, and a Fife and Drum concert series. They even host sleepovers for groups of 24 to 30. The Old Barracks is open Monday through Saturday 10-5 except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tours are given every hour with the last tour starting at 4:00. Tickets to the museum are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors and students. Association members (different memberships levels with different benefits are available for various prices) Active Military personnel and children 5 and under are free.  Prices for special events vary. For more information go to http://barracks.org/.
And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Talking Topics where we will be discussing more about the Old Barracks Museum.