Map of Trenton encampment by Louis-Alexandre Berthier.
From the Berthier Collection at the Princeton University Library.
In late August-early September 1781, General Washington’s Continental troops and General Rochambeau’s French troops converged in Trenton where they prepared to cross the Delaware River.
Thousands of soldiers and accompanying civilians with horses and oxen pulling wagons and artillery carriages camped in and around the small town of about 500 residents. The encampment lasted several days as cannon were ferried across the river and people on foot and wagons forded at the Falls of the Delaware.
Imagine the impact of the army’s presence on Trenton and how members of the army might have interacted with townspeople. On Saturday, August 26th, visit the 3rd annual re-enactment of the encampment.
Meet soldiers of Le Regiment Bourbonnais, a French infantry unit,
and African American infantry of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment.
Watch the Continental regiment, Lamb’s Artillery, set up their cannon.
Meet the schoolmaster and make a horn book for practicing reading.
Visit the town’s doctor and find out how he would treat various ailments.
Watch the blacksmith at work
and shop at the peddler’s stall in the market.
This family-friendly event includes crafts and activities
for school-age children and a “scavenger hunt” with prizes.
Free – no registration required.
The Museum is located across from the Hughes Justice Complex
with plenty of free parking in the lot off William Trent Place.