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Washington Rochambeau Route to Victory 1781  Driving Tour



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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 Follower

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

You 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 get closer.

In September 1781, The American and French wagon trains under Washington and Rochambeau traveled through New Kent County on the way to Yorktown.  Updated Best 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 Yorktown. 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 Christo
pher 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.   

On 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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