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Trent House Museum Re-opens with Mahlon Stacy Deed

Trenton, NJ (For immediate release)— The Trent House Association in partnership with the City of Trenton announces the re-opening of the 1719 William Trent House Museum on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 2 pm with a special welcome-back program. Visitors will see new exhibits in the Museum, Visitor Center, and garden exploring the rich history of the many people whose lives were connected with this historic site. The Trenton Historical Society will join the Association in presenting a deed signed in 1677 by the first English resident of the area, Mahlon Stacy, that was recently purchased by the two organizations. The deed will remain on view at the Trent House through the summer before being donated to the Trenton Free Public Library for its Trentoniana Collection.  

 

Visitors can see how the garden has been redesigned to include plants that New Jersey's native people would have grown or gathered in the wild and those that enslaved Africans would have cultivated for their own use and for the local market, as well as the herbs and vegetables grown in the gardens of English colonists. Throughout the 300-year-old house are hands-on displays and posters that show what daily life was like in the 1700s for both the wealthy Trent family and for the people held in bondage who worked there. What did these residents of the house eat, how did they dress, where did they sleep, what did they do for fun or relaxation, how were children cared for?

 

The Visitor Center displays what archaeology on the grounds has revealed about the lives of indigenous people from artifacts left behind and how Trent's involvement in the slave trade of the 1700s connected him with many other wealthy and prominent colonists. Watch a re-enactment of the dilemma that Mary Trent faced when her husband suddenly died without a will in 1724 and a video illustrating with maps how the neighborhood around the Trent House went from orchards and farms to factories and workers' houses to the parking lots and highways surrounding it today.

 

The Museum will return to its regular schedule for visitors on Wednesdays through Sundays, from 12:30 to 4:00 pm, on Wednesday, June 9th. All visitors will be required to wear face coverings until further notice.

 

The 1719 William Trent House Museum is dedicated to sharing the authentic history of the house, property, and people with our communities, connecting the past with today and tomorrow. The Museum is owned by the City of Trenton, operated by the Trent House Association, and listed in both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Trent House Association is supported by the generosity of its members and donors; by grants from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the New Jersey Historic Trust, and the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission with funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission; and by contributions from New Pod City, NJM Insurance Group, and Orion General Contractors. For more information, visit https://williamtrenthouse.org.

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