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Virginia has an array of geographically and institutionally separate commemorative initiatives now underway related to the W3R®. Several established institutions such as Yorktown National Park, Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, and Gunston Hall had 225th Anniversary events and included the events focused on the W3R®. In addition, the following W3R® projects are now underway:
(1) Ms. Andree King and Ambassador Nathaniel Howell of the Alliance Française de Charlottesville and the Albemarle/Charlottesville Historical Society, Mr. Jay Harrison of Orange County and others formed a committee to plan W3R®-related activities in Central Virginia. These included reenactment for the 225th anniversary of the ride of Virginia's "Paul Revere" -- Jack Jouett's ride in 1781 to warn Governor Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of the approach of British raiders.
(2) Todd Post organized re-enactors for several events including a reenactment of the battle of Green Spring, the final engagement in Virginia near Williamsburg that preceded the Siege of Yorktown. . Proceeds from this event were used to preserve the Green Springs battlefield, one the key sites on the W3R®. Don Troiani of Historical Art Prints donated one of his limited edition Revolutionary War prints to be raffled as a fund raiser for preservation of a portion of the original Green Spring battlefield.
(3) Joe Chudzik helped develop a wayside narker on Old Colchester Road in Fairfax County with interpretive signage to commemorate the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route through Fairfax County.
(4) The Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) placed a W3R® "Route to Victory" display at Mount Vernon and with the National Park Service developed and dedicated a "sister" display at Yorktown. Carol Howerton was coordinator for this outstanding project.
(5) The Virginia Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) co-sponsored several W3R®-VA events, including a program to commemorate the visit to Mount Vernon by Washington and Rochambeau on 10-11 September 1781. Joe Dooley was the point of contact for the SAR.
(6) Gunston Hall hosted "Crisis on the Potomac: Revolutionary Reenactment & Battle", a reenactment of the British naval raids all along the Potomac River and other major waterways in early 1781. The British plundered Virginia plantations, tobacco warehouses, and slaves, and caused George Mason to evacuate his family and belongings to Maryland. This was the first event in Virginia to commemorate the 225th anniversary of military events that occurred in 1781.
2006 September: America's March to Yorktown
America's March to Yorktown (AMtY) Activities:
Oct. 14-15: Washington, D.C., Wreath-laying ceremony at Rochambeau statue at Lafayette Square.
Oct. 16: Charlottesville lecture by Katherine Woltz on “The Surrender at Yorktown” with the Alliance Française de Charlottesville
Oct. 17: Charlottesville lecture by Lionel Estavoyer regarding Besancon, France, and the Revolutionary War, with the Alliance Française de Charlottesville
Oct. 18: Petersburg lecture by Delane Ward on Lafayette, sponsored by the Alliance Française de Charlottesville
Oct 19-22: Yorktown Day Celebrations -- multiple ceremonies and reenactments at Yorktown and other Tidewater locations
Oct 2006 to Aug. 2007: Mount Vernon exhibition on the close "father-son" relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. The exhibition will be the principal celebratory event in America to mark the 250th anniversary of Lafayette's birth.
Nov. 10-12, 2006 -- “Brothers in Arms” at Colonial Williamsburg. This is not specifically related to the W3R® but focusing on African-Americans who served in the Patriot forces, including the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment.
2006 October: Exhibit on Lafayette and WashingtonTthe Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is organizing a traveling exhibition devoted to the close "father-son" relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. The exhibition will be the principal celebratory event in America to mark the 250th anniversary of Lafayette's birth. The exhibition will open at Mount Vernon in October 2006 and be on view through early August 2007. It will then travel to Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania (late August through October 2007) and the New York Historical Society in Manhattan (early November 2007 through early February 2008). Following its American tour, the show will, in all likelihood, travel to a venue in France.
2008 June: Commemorative Medallion
The Virginia Association of the W3R® has arranged
with the York County Historical Museum to produce a 1.5" diameter medallion
to commemorate the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.
Available in bronze or silver, it depicts Washington, Rochambeau, and the historic trail
that they followed in 1781 and we are developing . Proceeds beyond cost from the sale
will benefit the York County Historical Museum and the W3R®.
At right French Senator André Maman presents Nicole Yancey with the membership insignia of the French Legion of Honor. Nicole is the Honorary French Consul for Virginia, chair of the W3R®'s Atlantic Committee, and former recording secretary of the W3R®-USA.