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The Washington-Rochambeau Route Historical Markers

In 1781 the two Generals met in White Plains, New York, crossed the Hudson River and marched 450 miles south to Yorktown in Virginia where their and Lafayette’s armies defeated the British, ending the war.
 
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By Michael Herrick, March 22, 2014
Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Marker
Connecticut (Fairfield County), Danbury — 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 . . . — Map (db m72560) HM
Connecticut (Fairfield County), Monroe — The Rochambeau Route 1781 – 82
The Rochambeau Route 1781 – 82 In the Vicinity French Troops Under Duc De Lauzon Enroute From Newport To Yorktown Encamped During June 29 Through July 1st 1781 Erected by The Sons of the American Revolution Gen. . . . — Map (db m26098) HM
Connecticut (Fairfield County), Newtown — In Commemoration
1732 ---- 1932 In Commemoration Of The Two Hundredth Birthday Of George Washington ---- Rochambeau Established a Camp Here June 28 To July 1, 1781 ---- Soldiers Commanded By Lafayette Camped At This Spot Placed by Mary . . . — Map (db m26914) HM
Connecticut (Fairfield County), Newtown — Rochambeau
. . . — Map (db m42367) HM
Connecticut (Fairfield County), Newtown — Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary RouteHousatonic Crossing
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 . . . — Map (db m26915) HM
Connecticut (Fairfield County), Ridgefield — Ridgebury Congregational Church
Gathered       Built 1760            1851 This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior < Second Plaque: > Connecticut Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary . . . — Map (db m23423) HM
Connecticut (Fairfield County), Ridgefield — Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary RouteRidgefield
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 . . . — Map (db m23416) HM
Connecticut (Hartford County), Farmington — Lest We Forget
Lest We Forget In honor and grateful remembrance of our French Allies in the Revolution, whose army, under the command of General Count de Rochambeau, marched past this spot enroute from Newport and Providence, R.I., to join General Washington on . . . — Map (db m33769) HM
Connecticut (Hartford County), Farmington — Rochambeau Route 1781-82
. . . — Map (db m33012) HM
Connecticut (Hartford County), Hartford — The First Meeting of Washington and Rochambeau
This tablet commemorates the historic first meeting of General George Washington and General Comte de Rochambeau, commander-in-chief of the French army in America, which took place September 20, 1780. On that occasion and in a subsequent meeting . . . — Map (db m52914) HM
Connecticut (Hartford County), Hartford — Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Hartford 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 . . . — Map (db m43739) HM
Connecticut (Hartford County), Marion — Rochambeau
Rochambeau Lieut. General Commanding The Auxiliary French Armies Under Washington July 10, 1780     Jan 11, 1783 Rochambeau's letter to Congress "We are your brothers. We shall conduct ourselves as such with you. We shall fight . . . — Map (db m33706) HM
Connecticut (Hartford County), Plantsville — Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
Southington French General Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, and thousands of French ground and vaval forces arrived in Newport in July of 1780 to assist to assist the Americans in the War for Independence. After wintering . . . — Map (db m33770) HM
Connecticut (Hartford County), Wethersfield — Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Wethersfield 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 . . . — Map (db m46299) HM
Connecticut (New Haven County), Middlebury — Rochambeau Route 1781 – 82
In this vicinity French Troops under Rochambeau enroute to Yorktown encamped during June 1781 Erected by the state and Mattatuck Branch, Sons Amer. Rev. Cooperating — Map (db m19690) HM
Connecticut (New Haven County), New Haven — deLauzun Encampment
. . . — Map (db m35311) HM
Connecticut (New Haven County), Southbury — Rochambeau Route 1781-82
In 1781 and 1782 Jean Baptiste Count de Rochambeau and his French Troops marched by here enroute to and from Yorktown, Va. — Map (db m6429) HM
Connecticut (New Haven County), Southbury — Where Rochambeau Crossed the Housatonic River1781   *   1954
Near this point Le Comte de Rochambeau crossed the Housatonic River leading the French Army enroute to victory at Yorktown. — Map (db m6432) HM
Connecticut (New Haven County), Waterbury — Memorial To Two French Soldiers
1781   1914 This memorial was erected by Patriotic Citizens and Statesmen to commemorate two French Soldiers of Rochambeau's Army who volun- teered to fight for American Indepen- dence under Washington, enroute from Newport to . . . — Map (db m36024) HM
Connecticut (New Haven County), Waterbury — Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Waterbury, Middlebury, Southbury French General Jean Baptiste Donation de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, and thousands of French ground and naval forces arrived in Newport in July of 1780 . . . — Map (db m36023) HM
Connecticut (New London County), Lebanon — Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
Winter Encampment in Lebanon 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 . . . — Map (db m99041) WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — General Comte Jean de Rochambeau Memorial — Lafayette Square National Historic Landmark District
[front, south face:] Rochambeau [back, north face:] "We have been contemporaries and fellow labourers in the cause of liberty, and we have lived together as brothers should do, in harmonious friendship," . . . — Map (db m32973) HM
Maryland (Anne Arundel County), Crownsville — Belvoir(Scott’s Plantation)
French troops under Count de Rochambeau made their 36th camp here September 16-17, 1781, enroute to Yorktown, Virginia. Most of the troops embarked from Annapolis, but the artillary marched to Georgetown to cross the Potomac River. — Map (db m2928) HM
Maryland (Anne Arundel County), Crownsville — Count de Rochambeau’s
Count de Rochambeau’s troops marched over this road from Spurrier’s Tavern to “Scott’s Plantation” (Belvoir) on Sept. 16, 1781 on the way to Yorktown. Washington and Rochambeau had gone ahead Sept. 10–11 on the way to Mt. Vernon. — Map (db m2890) HM
Maryland, Baltimore — George Washington Bicentennial Marker
This elm has watched the growth of "Baltimore Towne" for over 100 years, on former estate of John Eager Howard, Revolutionary and 1812 Officer and fifth governor of Maryland. Here, in "Howard's Woods", Count De Rochambeau's troops camped, 1782, . . . — Map (db m5563) HM
Maryland, Baltimore — On to YorktownWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail
Our nation never had more at risk than it did in September 1781. The American Revolutionary War—the War for Independence—had raged for nearly six years. More than 4,000 American and French troops, allied in their fight against the . . . — Map (db m63885) HM
Maryland (Baltimore County), White Marsh — “Whitemarsh”
Rochambeau’s Troops camped here September 11, 1781 where the baggage train and heavy artillery rejoined them. After the victory at Yorktown the French Troops, in five divisions, camped here again on their way northward, at the end of August 1782. — Map (db m2135) HM
Maryland (Cecil County), Conowingo — Bald Friar Ford & Ferry
Near Pilot, two and one-half miles northwest of this point, lies the site of a Susquehanna fording used by Indians before the coming of the white man. By 1695, a barge provided ferry service to the colonists. The Conowingo Lake now covers the . . . — Map (db m1806) HM
Maryland (Cecil County), Elkton — ElktonOriginally called “Head of Elk”
Lafayette embarked his troops March 8, 1781 to capture Benedict Arnold. Returned April 9, began overland march to Virginia April 12, 1781. Washington and Rochambeau with their combined forces stopped Sept. 6-7, 1781 on way to Yorktown. — Map (db m1474) HM
Maryland (Cecil County), Perryville — Count de Rochambeau’s Troops
Crossed the Susquehanna River in five divisions and made their 23rd camp here at the end of August 1782 on the return from Yorktown victory to the north. — Map (db m1647) HM
Maryland (Cecil County), Port Deposit — Cummings Tavern
Count de Rochambeau’s heavy artillery and baggage train camped here September 9, 1781 before fording the Susquehanna at Bald Friar and proceeding to join the main army on the Philadelphia Road. — Map (db m1766) HM
Maryland (Charles County), Port Tobacco — On to YorktownWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail — Road to Victory
Upon arrival of French forces in Newport, Rhode Island in July 1780, Baron Ludwig von Closen, a captain in the Royal Deux-Ponts Regiment, was selected by General Rochambeau as one of his aides-de-camp. Closen accompanied Rochambeau on most of his . . . — Map (db m62756) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Abingdon — Harford Town, or Bush
The French Troops of Count de Rochambeau in five divisions camped here at the end of August 1782—the 22nd camp on the return march from the Yorktown victory to the north. — Map (db m1248) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Churchville — Churchville
Formerly called “Lower Cross Roads.” Council of Safety met here 5 April 1775. Considered as site for county seat 1781. George Washington passed 6 May 1775 on way to be made Commander-in-Chief of Army. Lafayette and . . . — Map (db m1243) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Old Post Road: Count Rochambeau’s Troops
Old Post Road Established 1666. Count Rochambeau’s troops camped here September 9, 1781 after having crossed the Susquehanna River on their way to the siege of Yorktown, Va. — Map (db m1271) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Havre de Grace — Rochambeau Plaza
Named for the French General whose troops passed through here in 1781 en route to Yorktown. Records of the French Army noted plans were underway for a town at this place when the troops returned from Yorktown in 1782. — Map (db m1274) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Street — “Indian Spring”
Count de Rochambeau’s heavy artillery and baggage train camped near this point September 10, 1781. After fording the Susquehanna River at Bald Friar they proceeded to Bush to join the main troops. — Map (db m1283) HM
Maryland (Prince George's County), Beltsville — Site of Van Horn's Tavern
An important stopping place in colonial days. Mentioned by Washington, Lafayette and other noted men after the Revolution. Count de Rochambeau's troops camped here in June 1782 on the return march from the victory at Yorktown. — Map (db m3574) HM
New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — “The Washington-Rochambeau Historic Route”
On this site, the allied American and French troops of Generals Washington and Le Comte de Rochambeau encamped August 29 to September 1, 1781 enroute to their Victory at Yorktown American independence was assured there in Virginia by the defeat . . . — Map (db m64117) HM
New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Campsite of The Army of Louis XVI, King of France
Commanded by General de Rochambeau during their march to victory at Yorktown August 31, 1781 — Map (db m5382) HM
New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — W 3 R
Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail www.w3r-us.org — Map (db m62296) HM
New Jersey (Mercer County), Trenton — “… a Town laid out called Lamberton …” [1773]
        Historically, Lamberton was the loose-knit fishing village and port that extended along the left bank of the Delaware River from Ferry Street to Riverview Cemetery. The heart of the community lay between Landing and Lalor Streets, exactly . . . — Map (db m4389) HM
New Jersey (Mercer County), Trenton — Ferries across the Delaware
Two ferries across the Delaware River in the Trenton area date from the late 17th century – the Yardley Ferry and the Trenton or Middle Ferry. Two more – the Upper and Lower Ferries – were added later in the 18th century. The . . . — Map (db m4385) HM
New Jersey (Morris County), Chatham — Chatham Historic District
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New Jersey (Morris County), Hanover — A Good Place for a Halt
“ . . . Whippany will be a good place for a halt . . . ” Washington to Rochambeau On August 27 and 28, 1781, a 5,000-man French Army under General Count Rochambeau encamped on grounds extending northeast from here toward the . . . — Map (db m36418) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Griggstown — Historic River Road and River Crossing
Route of Continental Army of Morristown after Battle of Princeton, Jan. 3, 1777. Route also of armies marching from New York to Yorktown, VA. Aug. 30-31, 1781. — Map (db m16700) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Liberty Corner — French Army Encampment
General Rochambeau's troops camped here in August 1781 en route to the Battle of Yorktown. — Map (db m20152) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Liberty Corner — The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
On this site French Troops under Le Comte De Rochambeau encamped August 29, 1781 en route to meeting Gen. George Washington and achieving their victory at Yorktown, American independence was assured there in Virginia by the defeat and surrender of . . . — Map (db m11580) HM
New York (Dutchess County), Fishkill — Continental Army CrossroadsWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail
During the Revolutionary War, the Van Wyck Homestead served as headquarters for the Fishkill Supply Depot, a supply center for Washington’s Continental Army. At this bustling “city” of industry, hammers clanged, and smoke rose from many . . . — Map (db m88752) HM
New York (Dutchess County), Fishkill — The Path to VictoryWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail
In 1781, the American and French allies combined their armies at a pivotal turning point in the Revolutionary War. Under the command of General George Washington and French General Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, the armies . . . — Map (db m88758) HM
New York (Rockland County), Stony Point — King’s Ferry
. . . — Map (db m8227) HM
New York (Rockland County), Suffern — Rochambeau’s Encampment1781 – 1782
After crossing the Hudson, Commander-in-chief of the French army in America, General Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau, encamped here with his 5000 troops en route from Newport, R.I. to Virginia. Joining with Gen. Washington, the two armies hurried to . . . — Map (db m25761) HM
New York (Westchester County), Verplanck — In Grateful Remembrance
Dedicated to the soldiers of the Continental and French armies who crossed the Hudson River here at King’s Ferry August 20-26, 1782 on their march to Victory at Yorktown, Va. May their sacrifices and hardships never be forgotten, the Liberty and . . . — Map (db m101114) HM
New York (Westchester County), Verplanck — King’s Ferry Offered a Safe CrossingWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Nat’l Hist Trail
You will be pleased on the receipt of this, to order One hundred and fifty Men to bring thirty of the aforesaid Boats to Kings Ferry . . . ” Washington to Alexander McDougall, August 18, 1781 In August 1781, the . . . — Map (db m101118) HM
New York (Westchester County), Verplanck — The Path to VictoryWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Nat’l Hist Trail
In 1781, the American and French allies combined their armies at a pivotal turning point in the Revolutionary War. Under the command of General George Washington and French General Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, the armies . . . — Map (db m101116) HM
New York (Westchester County), Yorktown Heights — French Hill — The Road to Victory During the American Revolution
French Hill - The Road to Victory During the American Revolution Background: During the American Revolution, the Americans needed the help of the French to secure their hopes of independence. In 178, thanks to the efforts of Ben Franklin . . . — Map (db m37080) HM
Virginia, Alexandria — E-106 — Washington-Rochambeau RouteAlexandria Encampment
Most of the American and French armies set sail from three ports in Maryland—Annapolis, Baltimore, and Head of Elk—in mid-Sept. 1781 to besiege the British army in Yorktown. The allied supply-wagon traln proceeded overland to Yorktown, . . . — Map (db m8570) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Lorton — E 107 — Colchester
Colchester, founded in 1753 at the location of a ferry crossing, was the second town established in Fairfax County. Located on the main post road from Boston to Charleston, and at the end of the Ox Road leading west to the Blue Ridge, the town . . . — Map (db m206) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Mount Vernon — The Washington-Rochambeau Route to Victory
On August 14, 1781, Generals Washington and Rochambeau received news that a large French fleet under the command of Admiral de Grasse was headed for the Chesapeake Bay carrying 3,000 French soldiers. There the British general, Cornwallis, was . . . — Map (db m902) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Mount Vernon — Washington-Rochambeau Route
General Washington, in 1781, rode 60 miles in one day from Baltimore to Mount Vernon, which he had not visited for over 6 years. General Rochambeau arrived next day with his and Washington’s staff. They spent Sept. 10 and 11 at Mount Vernon before . . . — Map (db m883) HM
Virginia (Hanover County), Hanover — Washington-Rochambeau Route
General Washington and General Rochambeau passed her on Sept. 13, 1781 on their way to victory at Yorktown. One mile south, they turned east on state rout 605. The marking of this route is a gift from the French Government. Committee of the . . . — Map (db m70489) HM
Virginia (James City County), Toano — W 33 — Burnt Ordinary
First called John Lewis's Ordinary and then Fox's, Burnt Ordinary received its name in Jan. 1780 when, according to the Virginia Gazette, Fox's Ordinary burned to the ground. Later, in Oct. 1781, when the French army's wagon train passed by, . . . — Map (db m16846) HM
Virginia (James City County), Williamsburg — W-49 — Trebell's Landing
At Trebell's Landing on the James River a mile southwest of here, the artillery and stores of the American and French Armies were located in September 1781. They were then conveyed overland some six miles to the siege lines at Yorktown. The troops . . . — Map (db m9501) HM
Virginia (New Kent County), New Kent — WO 16 — New Kent Courthouse
Lord Cornwallis's army was here, moving eastward, June 22, 1781; Lafayette, in pursuit, June 25; Washington, Rochambeau and Chastellux, on their way to Yorktown, September 14, 1781. A part of Joseph E. Johnston's army, retiring to Richmond, passed . . . — Map (db m17738) HM
Virginia (Prince William County), Dumfries — Potomac Path
The Potomac Path, or King’s Highway, was a major transportation route linking the northern and southern colonies in colonial America. Following an ancient Indian trail, the road assumed great importance for overland travel between the colonies and . . . — Map (db m5365) HM
Virginia (Prince William County), Dumfries — E 53 — Revolutionary War Campaign of 1781
The roads through Prince William County were important routes for the Revolutionary War campaign of 1781. In April, the Marquis de Lafayette passed through the county on the King's Highway with a portion of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army. . . . — Map (db m522) HM
Virginia (Prince William County), Triangle — The Kings Highway ~ Road to Yorktown
In the late 18th century, armies made the most use of the King’s Highway. Merchants preferred to move goods such as tobacco over the Potomac River since land travel was difficult. The road became a main transportation route after the Revolutionary . . . — Map (db m4890) HM
Virginia (Prince William County), Triangle — The King's Highway ~ The Potomac Path
The King’s Highway was the first north-south route through Virginia. The road began in Boston and ended in Williamsburg. It may have followed one or more trails that American Indians used before European colonization. The route was first . . . — Map (db m4891) HM
Virginia (Prince William County), Woodbridge — 6 — Potomac Path
To the east is the only preserved segment of the Potomac Path, the earliest north-south route in northern Virginia. Following an ancient Indian trail, the road, later known as the King's Highway, assumed great importance for overland travel between . . . — Map (db m2164) HM
Virginia (Prince William County), Woodbridge — The King's Highway ~ The Potomac Path
The King’s Highway was the first north-south route through Virginia. The road began in Boston and ended in Williamsburg. It may have followed one or more trails that American Indians used before European colonization. The route was first . . . — Map (db m5959) HM
Virginia (Prince William County), Woodbridge — Washington ~ Rochambeau Wagon Route
In September 1781, General George Washington directed the repair and clearing of roads leading to and from Wolf Run Shoals, the main ford of the Occoquan River, located seven miles upstream from the main ferry at Colchester. Prince William and . . . — Map (db m40209) HM
Virginia (Stafford County), Stafford — E-79 — Peyton’s Ordinary
In this vicinity stood Peyton’s Ordinary. George Washington, going to Fredericksburg to visit his mother, dined here, March 6, 1769. On his way to attend the House of Burgesses, he spent the night here, October 31, 1769, and stayed here again on . . . — Map (db m2187) HM
Virginia, Williamsburg — Washington–Rochambeau Route
Generals Washington and Rochambeau and their staffs arrived in Williamsburg on September 14, 1781. Here they gathered their troops and supplies prior to laying siege to Cornwallis at Yorktown 12 miles away on September 28, 1781. The marking . . . — Map (db m10123) HM
Virginia (York County), Yorktown — American Encampment1781 Siege of Yorktown — Colonial National Historical Park
“The American troops encamped in a wood within a mile of the Enemy’s left line – and the French troops encamped on their right.” Lieutenant William Feltman, Pennsylvania Battalion, September 28, 1781 On September 28, . . . — Map (db m10862) HM
Virginia (York County), Yorktown — The Washington – Rochambeau Route to VictoryYorktown Battlefield — Colonial National Historical Park
On August 14, 1781, Generals Washington and Rochambeau received news that a large French fleet under the command of Admiral de Grasse was headed for the Chesapeake Bay carrying 3,000 French soldiers. There the British general, Lord Cornwallis, was . . . — Map (db m11016) HM

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