Trail History

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route commemorates the allied French and diverse Continental armies during the American War of Independence. It tells the story of the experiences they had as they travelled hundreds of miles to, and from, the victorious Siege of Yorktown in 1781 and 1782. Use the links below to explore the inclusive history of the Trail!

History by State

Since the beginning of this project in 1995, much scholarly research has been conducted about the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail in the states through which the allied armies marched between 1780 and 1783.

This research resulted in eleven state-specific and state-focused inventories and site surveys with site-specific details on events that occurred, roads travelled and towns visited by the allied armies within the over-arching story of the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail.

The research is ongoing; the reports will be periodically updated and information will be added as it becomes available. The state reports are arranged geographically from north to south.