A Brief History: Located at 101 Barrack Street in Trenton New Jersey, the Old Barracks Museum is the last standing British military barracks in America. Built in 1758 during the French and Indian War, the barracks were used to house British soldiers up until 1766 when the war ended. In 1777, the barracks became a military hospital primarily used for smallpox inoculations until the Treaty of Paris was formed in 1783. For over a century after, the barracks served as various private residences as well as institutions. In 1902 a small group of local women purchased the barracks and opened them as a museum in the fall of 1903. These women were known as the Old Barracks Association. The state of New Jersey then purchased the museum in 1914, while still acquiring help from the Old Barracks Association as well as public and private funding. Since then, the barracks have undergone 2 restorations, the most recent being from 1995-1998.

Nowadays, the barracks still serve as a museum since its conversion in 1903, allowing thousands of visitors each year to come and learn about colonial America, especially that of New Jersey. In fact, the Old Barracks Museum is one of the most visited sites in New Jersey. It is completely understandable why the museum would have such a turnout each year, especially considering the amazing battle the father of this country won here in 1776.

In 1776, George Washington sailed across the Delaware to escape British Forces. On Christmas night of the same year he then crossed the Delaware again with American troops. He then won a battle that was a major turning point in the American Revolution.

Haunted History: Due to its obvious association with the military and wartime, occurrences tend to be more that of soldier sightings, and sounds of battle. However its history as a military hospital in 1777 – 1783 may help provide some insight. Not much is known as per exact locations of paranormal activity, yet an investigation here would undoubtedly provide more evidence as back up.



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