Revolutionary Era Re-enactors to March Through Mount Vernon This Week


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Sept. 19, 2006

Revolutionary Era Re-enactors to
March Through Mount Vernon This Week

A group of revolutionary era re-enactors who are traveling 650 miles through nine states will make their way to Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, on Thursday, Sept. 21, and rest there for two days.

The group is marching along the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R), which traces the historic path that French troops, under the command of General Jean-Baptiste de Rochambeau, took in 1781 from Newport, R.I., to White Plains, N.Y. — where the French forces joined with those under General Washington's command — and then together marched to besiege and capture the British army at Yorktown, Va., thereby discouraging any further major military efforts by the British in the U.S. for the rest of the American Revolutionary War.

The re-enactors will leave Georgetown on Sept. 21, cross the Key Bridge and travel along Routes 50, 110 and 1 before arriving at Mount Vernon to set up camp. When the group leaves on Sunday, Sept. 24, it will head to Colchester, Va., and camp at Pohick Bay Regional Park.

“This is an opportunity for all residents of Fairfax County, and especially the Mount Vernon District, to remember our history and the sacrifices of the American colonial soldiers who fought to secure our liberty,” said Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland. “I hope everyone will take the time to watch them march.”

The National W3R Association is a nine-state partnership to support designation of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route as a National Historic Trail and to educate the public on the three-year presence of the French Expeditionary Force in the U.S., the march south of the allied armies to the climactic battle at Yorktown under the joint leadership of Generals Washington and Rochambeau, and their triumphant return north.
For more information, visit the W3R Web site at www.w3r-us.org.

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