2019 Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Highlights

National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association, Inc. (W3R-US)


Programs — W3R-US supported initial efforts to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution by providing financial support to Westchester250 for a brochure to raise awareness and to recruit partnerships. W3R-US commissioned research funded by the Florence Gould Foundation to amplify, document, and promote the significance of stories and troop movements associated with the Water Trails of the Yorktown Campaign. W3R-VA nominated and secured the French National Order of Merit Award for David R. Wagner in recognition for his series of original paintings that depict events which took place along the route.


Signage — W3R-US provided financial support for the completion of a Rochambeau sculpture on the Yorktown waterfront. W3R-DE and Brandywine Village Partners unveiled a historical marker and mural in Brandywine Village, Wilmington, DE to highlight Wilmington’s role within the American Revolution. 

Advocacy — W3R-US supported the Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot in New York and advocated to save this site from commercial development that would destroy its foundations, unique ruins, and evocative landscape. W3R-US provided support for the Friends of the Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters and their efforts in restoring this historical site in New York. 

Planning — Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail (WARO) NPS staff identified 115 high potential historic sites and stakeholders through a Trail Access and Development Assessment. WARO completed its Long-Range Interpretive Plan, identifying the trail’s interpretive themes as The French Alliance and its Global Context and The Yorktown Campaign. WARO completed its Foundation Document to help guide trail planning and management.


Staffing — NPS hired Johnny Carawan as the new Trail Administrator for WARO.

Structure — W3R-US achieved GuideStar Platinum rating for the second consecutive year and implemented best practices recommended by the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University. 

Funding — W3R-US received trail grants from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.