Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route NHT 2017 Highlights

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


  • Website — Launched new user-friendly website with interactive mapping feature. The website will showcase recently completed research on over 100 of the French encampments along the trail, a study of the French presence in Boston, MA, and New Hampshire, and ongoing research on water trails.
  • Documentation — Unigrid maps were printed for Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Delaware with funds provided by NPS and the Florence Gould Foundation.
  • Mobile applications — One app completed for the Baltimore, MD portion of the trail; another app in progress for a bicycle trail in Bridgewater, NJ led by a high school intern funded by a PNTS grant.
  • Signage — New exhibit was dedicated in Peekskill, NY; “Path to Victory” plaques installed that commemorate the city’s role in the historic march of the French and American Continental Forces to and from Yorktown in 1781-82.


  • Award — Board member Bill Conley, chair of W3R-DE, received the Patrick Henry Medallion for Patriotic Achievement for his efforts to preserve Cooch’s Bridge Battlefield (a 250-acre farm that has been under a protective agreement with Delaware since 2006) by helping erect a memorial, flags, and signage.


  • Staff — Previously an all-volunteer organization, W3R-US hired a part-time executive director, webmaster, and bookkeeper; welcomed Helen Mahan as the new NPS liaison to W3R-US.
  • Development — Transitioned financial records to QuickBooks; developed mailing list use, whistleblower, and conflict of interest policies; developed list of organizational development priorities; secured commitment to develop a Long Range Interpretive Plan.

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