As our nation approaches its 250th Anniversary and the celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, historic sites throughout New Jersey are preparing to welcome thousands of visitors eager to learn the role our State played in the founding of the United States.
An unprecedented $25 million investment has been allocated to support the revitalization of ten State-owned historic sites from the revolutionary period, including the Old Barracks Museum, the Trenton Battle Monument, and Washington Crossing located in Legislative District 15. Securing funding for the renovations in the FY 2023 State Budget was an Assembly priority.
“The Old Barracks Museum, the Trenton Battle Monument, and Washington Crossing are part of New Jersey’s revolutionary story. This funding will help them get prepared to tell that story, which includes the contributions of Black and Indigenous soldiers, in 2026,” said Assembly members Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and Anthony Verrelli (both D-Mercer, Hunterdon). “George Washington and his troops landed in Hopewell when they crossed the Delaware River on the way to the Battle of Trenton. Our role in the formation of the United States was significant and it deserves every effort to preserve our pieces of the nation’s history. By investing in these important sites, we will also promote the local economy and create jobs by attracting heritage tourism. Few moments in our history are more compelling than the Ten Crucial Days in December 1776 and January 1777 when the Continental Army won the two Battles of Trenton and the Battle of Princeton, to turn the tide of the American Revolution.”
The organization, Revolution NJ, in partnership with the New Jersey Historical Commission and Crossroads of the American Revolution, will assist in coordinating the restoration of the Revolutionary War sites.
“New Jersey’s role in the American Revolution is unquestionably significant,” said Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “The Battles of Trenton and Princeton singularly re-energized the fledging effort at perhaps the most crucial point of the war. Today’s sizable $25 million investment in capital upgrades across ten critical, state-owned sites marks a big step in leveraging the full civic and economic potential of our state’s consequential revolutionary war history, not just in preparation for 2026 but for the years that lie ahead.”
Reynolds-Jackson and Verrelli both said they plan to visit the first annual Washington’s Landing encampment event in Washington Crossing State Park on Sunday December 11. More information about the event can be found here.