April 6, 2009
A little known and less appreciated bit of
Delaware history is the role the state played in setting up the
climactic battle of the Revolutionary War. That is likely to change if
the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association is successful.
The private organization was established to promote the recently
designated 685-mile historic 'trail' between Newport, R.I., and
Yorktown, Va., as a tourist attraction. That is the
Cornwallis surrenders after the Battle of Yorktown.
route the the American Continental Army and a
large contingent of French soldiers sent to aid the fight for
independence took en route to the climactic battle of the war. At
present, the 26-mile route through northern New Castle County is not
marked and its attractions are decidedly limited. But now that the
designation has been achieved -- two years beyond the original target of
the 225th anniversary of the march -- that could change if the sites are
appropriately identified for visitors and other attractions in the
historically rich area are linked to it.
to follow the route in a Delaforum photo album
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