Wilmington Salutes its Revolutionary History
Come tour the Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel and support Wilmington’s preparations for the nation’s 250th birthday in 2026! Hear about the thousands of American and French troops who passed through Wilmington en route to win American independence in 1781 at Yorktown, VA.
W3R-US – the managing partner of the Washington Rochambeau National Historic Trail – is a 501(c)3 organization with a Goldstar Platinum rating. We raise funds for Trail projects, work with schoolchildren and teachers, and support long-term planning for the Trail’s development.
W3R-US supports investments in Trail communities, such as Wilmington, with the goal of enhancing equitable access to local outdoor recreation, and heritage tourism. Our events and interpretation tell a multicultural story of America’s founding and the March to Yorktown, including the key role of the French and other allies from abroad as well as the vital contribution of soldiers and sailors of color, and the role of Native Americans.