W3R® Historic Events in 1780
and Public Commemorations for the
225th Anniversaries in 2005 

Historic Events 1780 225th Anniversary Events 2005 
  Apr 22: Wilmington DE - The W3R®-DE placed an interpretive sign (funded by the SAR and DAR) next to the Grand Opera House in Wilmington DE to commemorate the five-months in 1782-3 when Lauzun's Legion (French Army) of 550 soldiers were posted in buildings here. See the photo-report and the sign itself [PDF file] (simulated at low resolution).
Boy Scout Historic Trail Booklet:  In 2005 the Nentego Lodge (Delaware), Order of the Arrow -- with guidance from Ed Wedman and information from Ralph Nelson -- secured approval from the DelMarVa Council BSA to write an historical trail booklet based on the W3R® in Delaware. Scouts who read the booklet, follow the trail, and answer questions related to the history will receive a patch indicating their achievement.
May 14: Mt. Vernon VA -- dedication of a ® commemorative sign [Durf McJoynt]



July 10: Newport RI - Rochambeau arrives with 5,400 troops.

June 20-24: Delaware - Ralph Nelson taught a section on "France and the American Revolution" at the Delaware Heritage Commission's High School summer camp on Colonial History. (See Photo-reports 2005).
July 8-10: Newport RI held a re-enactment of the arrival of French General Rochambeau and the French Expeditionary Force, with hundreds of re-enactors, a parade, and a tactical battle demonstration. M. Gerard Priet of the France Society SAR spoke about Admiral Ternay, commander of the French squadron that brought the French Expeditionary Force to Newport, who died there six months later and is buried in Newport. The Rhode Island Society SAR and the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America, provided a pavillion of counsellors for the American Heritage merit badge. Many members of the France Society SAR were here for two days as part of a bus tour of W3R® sites in CT and NY. Durf McJoynt has posted M. Priet's speech and a photo-report
Aug 6&7: Sturbridge Village MA - "From Redcoats to Rebels", an encampment with drills and parades.
Nov 12: Lebanon CT - Lauzun's hussars set-up winter camp Oct 1 & 2: W3R® Encampment on the Green in Lebanon CT; 400 re-enactors provided cavalry drills, cannon demonstrations, and a display featuring towns along the W3R®. Installation of the first ® interpretive sign in CT.
Oct 16: East Hartford CT -- Installation of second W3R® interpretive sign in CT.

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