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    Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

    National Historic Trail MA,RI,CT,NY,NJ,PA,DE,MD,VA,DC


Washington-Rochambeau NHT signage

Washington-Rochambeau NHT interpretation in Colonial National Historical Park

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route was designated a National HistoricTrail by Congress (PL 111-11) and signed by President Obama in March 2009. This was a combination of many years of study and efforts of the national organization known as Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association (W3R®-US) and its many partners in the United States and abroad.

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail commemorates the over 680 miles of land and water trails followed by the allied armies under General Washington and General Rochambeau through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and what is now Washington D.C. This march led to the American-French victory over British forces under Lord Cornwallis at the siege of Yorktown, Virginia; a turning point in the War for Independence.

The NHT will identify, preserve, interpret, and celebrate the French and American alliance in the War for Independence. The military, logistical, and cultural significance of the trail to the final land battle of the War for Independence deserves recognition as a pivotal point in American history. Without the French assistance, many of which gave their lives, the outcome of the war may have been different. The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail honors the cross-cultural significance of the French-American alliance and the America's great success in the War for Independence.

The NPS will assist in the protection of historic resources and commemoration and interpretation of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail in partnership with a broad range of federal, state, local and private organizations. The NPS will work with partners to create an effective educational forum through planning for identifying, preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the historic march of American and French allied forces in the years of 1781-1783.


Did You Know?


Revolutionary War veteran Joseph Plumb Martin, in his 1830 memoir, recounted the surrender of the British, “we were marched on to the ground and paraded on the righthand side of the road, and the French forces on the left. We waited two or three hours before the British made their appearance; they were not always so dilatory, but they were compelled at last, by necessity, to appear, all armed, with bayonets fixed, drums beating, and faces lengthening.”