Sunday, December 29, 2013


Bus Tour: Princeton Battlefield

Meet at Lafayette Yard Hotel; 1 W. Lafayette St., 9 a.m.-Noon (and) 1-4 p.m.; $20.00; To purchase tickets click here: Morning Bus Tour or Afternoon Bus Tour

Tourguide Ralph Siegel leads the way from the site of Trenton’s Second Battle in Mill Hill Park up North to the Princeton Battlefield.  After setting the stage for the final leg of the 10 Crucial Days, he paints the picture of the soldiers march, coming after an exhaustive week of fighting, to their victory at Princeton.  Visitors will disembark at the Princeton Battlefield, where they will learn the story of the battle that reenforced the tide shift that occurred in early 1776. Dress appropriately for walking and weather.

18th Century Worship:Colonial Church Service

First Presbyterian Church, 120 E. State St.; 11 a.m.; Free

Reverend John Allen will portray Elihu Spencer, who was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church during the Revolution. Pastor Spencer will give a sermon from the period and lead the congregation in worship reflective of the colonial era.


Historic Perspectives: Mary Stumpf and the Battle of Princeton

Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack St.; Noon; Free

Imagine seeing the Battle of Princeton from a high place. Picture in your mind just how much you could see. Why, just about everything that took place on Thomas Clarke’s farm on the frigid morning of January 3, 1777. Look through the eyes of 12 year old Mary Stumpf, along with your fifteen year old brother, the both of you caught up in the danger and excitement of the day.  Join Laura Crockett, author of the play, Ghosts of Princeton Battlefield, and the novel, Mary Stumpf at the Battle of Princeton, as she tells the intense story of that glorious day. There will be a book signing after the presentation.

Walking Tour: Colonial Churches and Cemeteries   CANCELLED

Meet at St. Michael’s Church, 140 N. Warren St; Noon, Free

Take a walk through the religious history of Trenton and get acquainted with the diversity of beliefs and the unique architecture of the colonial parishes. After an introduction to the 18th century religions of Trenton, follow Archaeologist Richard Hunter who will lead the group from St. Michaels to the First Presbyterian Church and the Friends Meeting House. Find out more about the history of each parish at each location, where 18th century gravesites tell the story of Trenton’s colonial era ghosts.

New Jersey’s Uhlan: Brevet Brigadier General Joseph Karge

Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack St.; 2 p.m.; Free

Dr. Joseph Wroblewski presents the story of the three volunteer cavalry regiments fielded by the State of New Jersey during the Civil War, Brevet Brigadier General Joseph Kargé recruited, trained and commanded two: First New Jersey Volunteer Cavalry (Halstead’s Horse) in which he fought in the Virginia Campaigns of 1862 and Second New Jersey Volunteer Cavalry (1863-1865) which he led against the Confederate forces in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Considered one of the most skillful cavalrymen in the war, General Kargé represents the spirit of untold numbers of immigrants who came to the United States seeking a better life for themselves and their families and in doing so helped create and maintain a great nation. After the war, his life took a great change, when on furlough in New Jersey in 1870, he was offered a professorship of Continental Languages at Princeton University, which he accepted and where he remained until his death in 1892.

Tea at the Trent House

Trent House, 15 Market St.; 2 p.m.; Tickets are $18, $15 for supporters; Seating is limited, Reservations required; For reservations, please call (609)989-0087 or email:

Susan McLellan Plaisted, proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, will offer her 18th the etiquette and meaning of taking tea in colonial times. Using reproductions and artifacts, each piece of equipage will be demonstrated as guests sample three types of tea and enjoy homemade gourmet desserts, which are all authentic to the period. The tearoom will be set with linens and the famous pink china that was custom-made for the Trent House. Your period dress is welcome (but not required). Event proceeds will benefit the curatorial work and educational programming of the non-profit Trent House Association. Unfortunately this Tea event is not handicapped accessible.

Exhibit Tour: Where in the World is NJ, Historical Maps

New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State St.; 2 p.m.; Suggested admission $7, $5 children under 12, members

Experience a guided gallery walk through three hundred years of New Jersey history and geography in a popular new exhibition featuring antique maps from the Garden State.

Colonial People: Phyllis Wheatley Voice of Freedom

Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 E. Hanover St.; 3 p.m.; Free

This multimedia program mixes film, spirituals performed by violin virtuoso Michael Jamanis, and original narration by Dr. Amanda Kemp drawn from the letters and poetry by Phillis Wheatley,the first African American woman to publish a book . Kemp imagines Wheatley, as a child and captures her extraordinary life, through adulthood. Both a lauded poet who was invited by George Washington to his home as thanks for her poem,“To His Excellency, George Washington”, and a slave who served a wealthy Boston family, she was a trailblazer whose writings range from tributes to elegies and even capture the spirit of rebellion running through the colonies in the 1770′s adn 80′s.

Beer Tasting

First Presbyterian Church, 120 E. State St; 3 p.m.; $35.00, ages 21 and over; For reservations, please call: (609)396-1712

Returning for a second year, noted Brewmaster Richard Wagner will speak about the origins and use of fermented beverages in the colonial period.  Along with his talk, beers that reflect the flavor of the era will be paired with a selection of cheeses from DiBruno Brothers.