The Old Barracks Museum has been awarded a $750,000 Semiquincentennial Grant from the National Parks Service. This grant will be used to replace the roof of the 265 year old building. The grant was part of $10 million awarded by the National Parks Service to 20 cultural resource preservation projects across 14 states in order to prepare for the 250th Anniversary of the United States in 2026.
Old Barracks Museum Executive Director Michelle Doherty said, “We are honored and excited to receive this grant, which will allow the Old Barracks Association to continue its tradition of stewardship and preservation with much needed improvements and repairs to the building.”
The Trenton barracks were constructed in 1758 to house British soldiers during the French and Indian War, but provided major assistance to the Continental Army following the Battles of Trenton by being converted into a military hospital by the command of George Washington to administer smallpox inoculations to American soldiers.
Old Barracks Association Board President Lisa Willever said, “The Old Barracks is a Trenton gem that helps bring tourism to our capital city, and this grant is crucial in ensuring that it will continue to be able to receive visitors through the celebration and beyond.”
“The Semiquincentennial is an opportunity for the nation to recognize and reflect on the diverse cultures, events, and places that have helped shape our country,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “Through the Semiquincentennial Grant Program, the National Park Service is supporting projects that showcase the many places and stories that contributed to the evolution of the American experience.”
The Old Barracks Museum is open to visitors. For hours, admission, and more information, visit www.barracks.org.