Red Bank Battlefield Park
100 Hessian Avenue
National Park, NJ 08063
Red Bank Battlefield Park is open year round sunrise to sunset, except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The James and Ann Whitall House is open seasonally, from April through mid-October, most Thursdays through Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm.
In 1748, Quakers Ann and James Whitall established a 400-acre plantation at Red Bank along the Delaware River. This bustling plantation included fruit orchards, a lumberyard, a shad fishery, livestock, and a ferry. Together, Ann and James raised nine children who worked the plantation alongside dozens of indentured servants hailing from Ireland, the Netherlands, and Germany.
In 1777, the American Revolution interrupted life at Red Bank when American forces constructed
Fort Mercer immediately north of the house. On October 22, 1777, Colonel Christopher Green's Rhode Island Regiment inflicted heavy losses on Hessian soldiers and the Whitall's home served as a field hospital. Hundreds of Hessian soldiers lost their lives in the battle and were buried just north of the house. The Whitall's never forgave the American forces for the devastation they inflicted on their beloved property.
Re-enactment of The Battle
One Sunday a month, the house and fort offer special programs focusing on an aspect of the park's history. Ever wonder how people made clothes in the 1700's? What was it like to be a Revolutionary soldier? How did women prepare meals? Why is Fort Mercer so important to Revolutionary history? Heritage Days are always family friendly and filled with great activities for everyone to enjoy.
The Gloucester County Certified Gardeners maintain our historic gardens. The gardeners are volunteers who actively work to cultivate vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, dyeing flowers, and cutting flowers that are historically representative of the eighteenth century. Learn what herbs Ann Whitall would have used to treat a cough or heal a wound. Observe how flower pigments added color to clothing. Hear about true farm to table families.
We routinely offer special tours to elementary and secondary schools, home schoolers, summer camps, scouts, and senior community centers and homes. Have a particular interest in early American history? Let us know and we can tailor a tour just for you. Our knowledgeable docents are experts in Revolutionary history and early American life. After your tour, Red Bank Park offers scenic picnic pavilions for groups to relax and enjoy magnificent views of the Delaware River.
We would not be here if it were not for our dedicated volunteers who help make this National Historic landmark come alive. Volunteers help in all aspects of the House and Battlefield. Volunteer docents offer tours to the public and visiting schools, plant and maintain our historically-inspired gardens, and offer hearth cooking demonstrations throughout the year. If you have some time and would like to help the Whitall House and Red Bank Battlefield, please drop us a line. We'd love to have you!
Multi Purpose Trail
Red Bank Battlefield Archeology Report
History Tots Winter Program
At Red Bank Battlefield
Learning about history has never been this much fun!!
The History Tots Program is designed to create a space for children, ages three and up, to experience history in an exciting and interactive way!
Programs begin at 9:00am and again at 10:30am
January 9 & 10 - New Jersey Day!
January 16 & 17 - The Lenape of South Jersey
January 23 & 24 - Winter in the 1700s
January 30 & 31 - How They Traveled
February 6 & 7 - Colonial Clothing
February 13 & 14 - Colonial Valentine's Day
February 20 & 21 - Candles!
February 27 & 28 - Money in Colonial America
Contact Kim Miller at email@example.com or call 856-251-6710
Classes fill up fast
Pre-registration is required
Due to limited space walk up registration is not recommended
Classes held in-doors during inclement weather
History Tots Waiver
August 18, 2019
Ice Cream Day
Did you know that colonial Americans enjoyed ice cream too? Join us for this Heritage Sunday event that delves into the history of ice cream and how the Whitall House functioned during the hot months of summer! Enjoy yours of the Whitall House, demonstrations and family friendly activities. For more information about this event please call 856-853-5120.
September 15, 2019
Did you know that in colonial America some pirates were considered good pirates? In fact, some 'pirates' were actually privateers assisting the Patriot cause against England. Join us for this Heritage Sunday event to learn just how important pirates were to American history. Enjoy tours of the Whitall House, family-friendly pirate themes activities and demonstrations! For more information about this event please call 856-853-5120.
October 27, 2019
18th Century Field Day
Enjoy battle reenactments, colonial demonstrators, vendors, food and fun! Learn about the Battle of Red Bank and why New Jersey is called "The Crossroads of the American Revolution". Tour the Whitall House and visit with our hearth cookers preparing delicious fall-inspired food. Take in a spectacular sword fight and enjoy a colonial magic show. Cheer on the Jonas Cattell Run participants at the finish line as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the race. Fun, food and activities for everyone! Call 856-853-5120 for more information.
December 6, 7, & 8, 2019
Join us for a candlelit tour of the Whitall House and enjoy holiday sites and sounds of the Colonial Periods.
Friday, December 6 6pm-9pm
Saturday, December 7 3pm-9pm
Sunday, December 8 12pm-4pm
From Philadelphia & Points North
Take the North-South Freeway (Route 42) to I-295 South
Exit 23 "National Park" make right onto Hessian Avenue (County Route 64)
Approximately 2 miles Hessian Avenue ends at the park entrance.
From Points South
Take I-295 North to Exit 21 "Woodbury"
Make left onto Delaware Street (County Route 640)
Delaware Street ends at Grove Road (stop sign), County Route 643. Make right
First traffic light at Hessian Avenue (County Route 642) make left Hessian Avenue ends at park entrance.
From Points East
Take 322 West into Glassboro
Make right onto Route 47 (Delsea Drive)
At 5 points intersection, take jug handle and continue on Route 47
Take Route 47 into Deptford, at the intersection of Cooper Street (County Route 640) make a left
Follow Cooper Street through Woodbury past the County Court House Cooper Street becomes Delaware Street, but remain on County Route 640.
Follow Delaware Street till it dead-ends at Grove Road (County Route 643), at stop sign make a right
At the first traffic light, make a left onto Hessian Avenue (County Route 642). Hessian Avenue ends at Park entrance.