Plantsville in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
French General Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, and thousands of French ground and naval forces arrived in Newport in July of 1780 to assist the Americans in the War for Independence. After wintering in Newport, Rochambeau's troops marched through Connecticut to join General George Washington's Continental Army just over the New York border. The combined forces moved down the eastern seaboard and confronted Lieutenant General Earl Cornwallis and the British army in Yorktown, Virginia. After a prolonged seige, Cornwallis surrendered on October 19, 1781, virtually ending the war and ensuring American independence.
This is one of 12 informative panels that mark the French route south through Connecticut from June 19 to July 2, 1781 and on the return north October 23 to November 9, 1782.
Support from Southington
Southington became a town in 1779 – during the American Revolution. Its first town meetings dealt with supporting the American cause: providing bonuses for residents who enlisted in the Continental Army and arranging for the support of dependents of enlistees.
There were 138 men who served in the military forces during the Revolution out of a town-wide population of only about 1,500. Some Southington residents served as minutemen, committed to arming themselves on short notice to defend against British attacks. They were called to defend both Danbury and New Haven.
After several years of sacrifice and discouraging news, local residents were inspired and encouraged by some 4,700 French troops with artillery and wagon trains marching through town on the way to join General George Washington in what is today White Plains, New York.
Erected 2006 by Southington Rotary Club, Connecticut Commission On Culture & Tourism.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the The Washington-Rochambeau Route series lists.
Location. 41° 35.268′ N, 72° 53.344′ W. Marker is in Plantsville, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Connecticut Route 10) and Grove Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Located next to the gazebo on the Plantsville Green. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plantsville CT 06479, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this Gang Scarpa Shoda (approx. one mile away); Southington World War II (approx. 1.1 miles away); Southington Soldiers Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Southington (approx. 1.1 miles away); Southington Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Constitution Oak (approx. 1.1 miles away); Forever Honored Forever Mourned (approx. 1.2 miles away); Reverend Zygmunt Woroniecki (approx. 1.2 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,214 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on January 29, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 30, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.