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    Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

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

Plan Your Visit


The NHT in Philadelphia, PA

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail is over 680 miles of land and water trails that follow the route taken by General Washington and General Rochambeau to and from the siege of Yorktown, a pivotal event in the War for Independence. The NHT passes through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The large geographic presence of the trail serves to connect major metropolitan areas, national and state parks, crosses multiple national, historic and scenic trails, and encourages visitation to the numerous historic sites along the route.

Prince William Forest Park

Original trail segment in Prince William Forest Park

The NHT offers a variety of experiences as you follow the steps taken by American and French soldiers. Major cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and Alexandria still maintain much of their historic fabric despite growing tremendously since 1781, while New York's Hudson River Valley and Virginia's rural farmland seem to have changed very little. The NHT also follows many roads which have been in existence since the 18th century. These roads continue to pass through towns large and small, offering a unity to the many communities along the way. Whether you travel 680 miles or just the few that pass through your hometown, we invite you to discover the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail.

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Did You Know?


On June 28, 1781, a French soldier of the Royal Deux-Ponts regiment wrote in his journal, “We again had very numerous visits from the American maidens who circled the camp on horseback and who appeared just like English horsemen. This afternoon our MM generals gave a ball on the open field in front of our camp and invited the American maidens to it. This lasted into the dark night. All joy could be seen there what with dancing and singing as well with the soldiers as with the officers who had fun with the English girls.”