The Battles of Trenton and Princeton were seminal events in American history (and therefore world history). Most of the key events took place right here in Trenton, and in nearby locations including Pennington, Ewing, West Trenton, Princeton, Hamilton, and Lawrenceville.
Living in this area, most of us know a little about the battles. But it turns out that with some research and careful analysis, you can pretty much see exactly where these events took place. We depended mostly on David Hackett Fischer’s magnificent, Pulitzer-Prize-winning history, Washington’s Crossing.
Hidden Trenton is now sharing the fruits of this research with you, free for download.
Our Self-Guided Tour to the Battles of Trenton and Princeton tells you the story of the battles in satisfying detail, and gives you precise directions on how to visit the exact spots where the events took place. Some of the events and places will be familiar, some won’t be, but once you “take the tour”, you’ll never think about the greater Trenton area in quite the same way. This is a 60-page, profusely illustrated book (so it’s a largish download, about 8 MB). We’ve put up additional information in the form of KMZ files you can use in Google Maps and Google Earth to aid your own exploration and planning. All of the battle maps in the guide are available in kmz form, so you can load them into Google Earth and view them at any scale. In addition, we’ve provided a kmz with markers for every tour stop recommended in the guide, and another with the markers and overlays that we used to create the “Old Trenton” illustration in the beginning of the guide.