WASHINGTON-ROCHAMBEAU REVOLUTIONARY ROUTE, NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL

W3R, Newsletter No. 61, May 25, 2008

Editor Hans DePold, Bolton Town Historian,

Our goal is the creation and stewardship of the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail (W3RNHT) that passes through Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, and the elevation to a higher level the quality of heritage preservation all along the route. This newsletter tries to represent the point of view of the patriots who respected Washington and Rochambeau, the ones who, if alive, would be working with us to honor them.

Memorial Day Remember the W3R Patriots Too.

Those who sacrificed during the American Revolution must be remembered too on Memorial Day.  The spirit of the patriots lives on as long as we remember them.
The link below provides a great clip that was done by four high school choirs and an elementary school chorus.  It is deeply moving and perfect for Memorial Day 2008!  Let us live to make man free.  That is what the W3R is about too.

W3R bills moving again

Hello, All:
Please re-contact your congressional delegates today about HR 1286, the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route legislation is slowly beginning to come alive again. In response to Win’s question below-Mike Castle from Delaware is an early co-sponsor of HR 1286.
Thanks for all you do.
Kim Burdick
National W3R Association.

Trails Strategy 2008 -Partnership = Leverage
Connecticut Trails Day 2008
Saturday, June 7th

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route –Although study efforts began in 2000 for the U.S.  Congress to designate the Route as a new National Historic Trail, this is a new Trails Day event for 2008. The Route is 600 miles of history, winding from Newport, Rhode Island through Connecticut and eight other states to Yorktown, Virginia. It honors the Franco-American alliance and the efforts of Generals George Washington and Jean Baptiste de Rochambeau to preserve that alliance as we struggled for our Independence. Legislation is pending in the House (HR 1286) and Senate (S 686) for designation of this new National Historic Trail. There are three W3R events scheduled for Trails Day 2008 and each will include historical presentations and information that describe parts of the Route.

All Trails Day events take place on Saturday, June 7, unless otherwise noted.  Join us on the trail!  June 7-8, 2008

1. BOLTON  TREE WALK.
June 7, 2008. 9:00 am to 11:00 AM.
Freja Park and Bolton Notch State Park, sponsored by Bolton Conservation Commission and Bolton Historical Society. Meet nationally known arborist Matt “Twig” Largess, named by Yankee Magazine in 2006 as Tree Preservationist of the Decade. Prepare to be captivated by his enthusiasm and unending knowledge and come away with a new perspective on trees – you may even want to hug a tree! No longer will you just take a walk in the woods – you’ll find yourself identifying, feeling, and observing bark; checking root structure, and noting the surrounding seedlings growing beneath the tree canopy. Town Historian Hans DePold will also give a brief talk on what the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R)  means to the Bolton Notch area. Sturdy footwear required for this three-mile hike over moderately difficult terrain with some steep hills. Bring beverage. No facilities so plan accordingly. Please, no dogs! Meet 9 AM Bolton commuter lot at junction of Route 44 and Route 6, across from Georgina’s Pizza. Heavy rain date Sunday, June 8. Leader Rod Parlee, TOBCC@aol.com, 860-649-8066, Ext. 110

2. BOLTON HERITAGE HIKE.
Special invitation for re-enactors to come in period costume or as they are and for Artists to set up and paint landscapes.  Come 15 minutes early.
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. See and learn about the best-preserved Revolutionary War campsite in Connecticut at Bolton Heritage Farm. Join Bolton historians and noted tree preservationist Matt “Twig” Largess for a hike on the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R), French Camp 5, proposed for National Historic Trail status. Thousands of Continental and French troops camped here during the Revolutionary War. Rochambeau slept in the farmhouse, George Washington dined there, and Hamilton, Lafayette, and Knox are known to have visited.   This year it was confirmed that the core of the farm house is the original colonial where Washington dined on March 4, 1781 and where Rochambeau slept on June 21, 1781.

Matt Largess will give a brief talk on the Chestnut trees at the farm. Terrain is hilly, easy to moderate, leading past sweeping vistas of fields, forest, valley, and farm buildings. The route includes a one-mile loop and a two-mile loop. The first part of the hike, common to both loops, focuses on historic and natural heritage. The two-mile trail continues to the Hop River State Park Trail and back to the barn. Bring water; sturdy footwear required. No facilities; please plan accordingly. Meet at Bolton Heritage Farm, 266 Bolton Center Road.
Light rain- Bring umbrellas and we will have the history talk but no hike.  Heavy rain date, Sunday, June 8.
Leader Hans DePold (Bolton Town Historian), depoldh@comcast.net, 860-646-7220.
3. LEBANON HISTORY HIKE.
June 8, 2009.   Noon to 4:00 PM. Revolutionary Tastings along the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R), sponsored by Lebanon Historical Society Museum. Families can pick up a map at the Museum for a self-guided tour of the historic Green where the French Cavalry drilled during their 1780-81 winter encampment. Stop at the Governor Jonathan Trumbull House, Beaumont Homestead, Wadsworth Stable, War Office, and Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., House to sample modern versions of desserts popular during the Revolutionary War. Moderate walk on 1.5-mile handicap accessible cinder pathway that circles the Green. Start at the Historical Society Museum, 856 Trumbull Highway (Route 87), Lebanon. For further information, 860-642-6579, museum@historyoflebanon.org.

Give our supporters something to remember. 
The Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati has provided a grant of $500 for seed money to have something memorable of value that calls attention to the W3R.  Based on your responses, reduced size copies of Rochambeau’s personal map printed on parchment for distribution to legislators who co-sign our bills seem to be the most popular idea.