Army Meets Town – Trenton 1781 Continental & French Army Encampment

Army Meets Town - Trenton 1781 Continental & French Army Encampment


Sat, Aug 26, 2023    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


William Trent House Museum
15 Market Street - Across from Hughes Justice Complex, Trenton, NJ, 08611

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The third annual re-enactment of the days in late August/early September 1781 when thousands of soldiers and support personnel camped in and around Trenton will be held on the Trent House Museum grounds at 15 Market Street, Trenton, across from the Hughes Justice Complex.

In June 1781 the Continental Army under General Washington and the allied French Army under General Rochambeau began their march south from New York and Rhode Island to Yorktown, Virginia, for the final decisive battle of the Revolutionary War. This required that the armies cross Delaware River at Trenton, where they set up an encampment as they prepared to transport artillery by ferry and organized the bulk of the army and equipment for fording.
On Saturday, August 26, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm, the Trent House Museum will host a free all-day program commemorating this 1781 encampment in Trenton on the Museum grounds across from the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton. Free parking is available at the rear of the Museum property.

The program includes re-enactors of the French Le Regiment Bourbonnais, the “Black Regiment” – the 1st Rhode Island Continental Regiment, and the Continental Lamb’s Artillery Regiment. Townspeople – the local schoolmaster, town blacksmith, doctor, and others – will also be represented. Dr. Robert Selig, historian of the Washington-Rochambeau campaign, will give informal talks in the Visitor Center at 11 am and 3 pm on how this major military operation was planned and executed.