New Kent County - Four Centuries of
Rochambeau Route to Victory 1781 Driving
National Park Service
Sons of the American
2006 March to Yorktown
Revolution Events and Flags
French Regiments in the
In 2006 Five re-enactors retraced
the route of the French and American Wagon Train.
October 3, 2006: Encampment at Marengo Plantation
October 4, 2006: March to New Kent Courthouse, Encampment at Crump's Mill
October 5, 2006: March from Slatersville on Old Stage Road Through Barhamsville to Toano
The marchers are
Mike Fitzgerald (Leader) American Soldier
Travis Fitzgerald (Mike's son, who just joined them) American Soldier
David Fagerberg - American Soldier
David T. Holloway - French Soldier
Rose Morin - Driving the SUV - Camp
Update Oct 4: The marchers arrived a
New Kent Courthouse just before noon and were greeted by students from the New
Kent Primary School and New Kent Middle School. They had picked up
an additional marcher making a total of 6 heading for Yorktown. After
leaving the school the marchers posed for pictures next to an historical
marker honoring New Kent native Martha
Washington, the First First Lady of the United States. Other
historical markers commemorated the Washington Rochambeau marchers in 1781,
Lafayette's 1781 activities in the County and James
Lafayette, a New Kent slave who became a spy for Washington at
Yorktown and a hero of the Revolution.
After a lemonade and cake reception
attended by about 40 people, the marchers continued east for several miles
ending the day near Slatersville on Old Stage Road.
They then went by vehicle to St. Peter's
Church and to Crump's Mill. At Crump's Mill, Deb Downs, Chairman of the
New Kent Historical Commission hosted a reception and dinner for the marchers
and New Kent citizens.
What a day!
Update Oct 3: The
marchers will be waking Wednesday morning Oct 4 at 6 am and leaving from
Marengo about 8 am. They should arrive at the Courthouse about noon or
soon thereafter. Their plan is to stop for a welcome ceremony
and then to march a few more miles to get closer to Yorktown. On
Wednesday night they will go by vehicle to Crump's Mill and spend the
night there. On Thursday they will drive back to where they left off and
continue through New Kent.
Update Oct 2: The marchers stopped
at Hanovertown in Hanover County, and camped at Hanover Regional Park.
On the morning of the 3rd they started again from Hanovertown
are invited to meet them along the route, walk with them and visit their
encampments. Watch this site. More information will be added as they
1781, The American and French wagon trains under Washington and Rochambeau traveled through New Kent County on
the way to Yorktown. Updated
Guess: The troops came
down Old Church Road from Hanover County (Rt. 606), turned left onto Old
River Road (Rt. 608), left on New Kent Highway (Rt. 249) at Rt. 155, through New Kent
Courthouse, right onto Old Stage Road (Rt. 632) to Barhamsville and then right on
New Kent Highway (Rt. 30) to Williamsburg and
After an encampment at Hanovertown in Hanover County they stopped at Harfield
near New Kent Courthouse and at Bird's Tavern near Barhamsville before
proceeding to Yorktown.
General George Washington came through King William County County and crossed
the Pamunkey River at Ruffin's Ferry (near Sweet Hall Ferry) into New Kent
County, and passed through Barhamsville on his way to Yorktown.
These routes is based on Christopher Colles's 1789 map book of the
main routes through New Kent County, and the expenses kept by George Washington.
The historic route is still to be determined.
August 14, 2006, the New Kent Board of Supervisors approved the application for
a grant along with King William, King and Queen, Hanover, and Caroline Counties
and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to do a study of the route.
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Indians - Virginia's First People
John Smith Capture and Travels 1607-08
Washington Rochambeau Route to Victory 1781 Driving
Lafayette and Cornwallis 1781 Driving
James Lafayette - Spy of the American Revolution
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington - First First Lady of the United States
Letitia Christian Tyler - First Lady
JEB Stuartís Ride Around the Union Army 1862 Driving
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