'America's March to Yorktown' (AMtY)
Visit Colchester, Virginia,
24-25 September 2006

Sallie Lyons giving the The AMtY Marchers a VIP tour of Colchester, one of the historic French Army campsites. The AMtY Marchers arrived early afternoon of 24 September and made camp that night at the nearby Pohick Bay Park. Photograph provided by Gerald Lyons.

Marchers entering the old town of Colchester on 24 September. Citizens who came out to meet the Revolutionary Route marchers were: Ruth Harley, Mrs. Mary Edith Roydson, and Donna Parker. Photograph by Joseph Chudzik.

Marchers stop at the Fairfax Arms Tavern in the old town of Colchester, once a popular ordinary near the Colchester Ferry on the Occoquan River. Photograph by Joseph Chudzik.

Marchers take a stand at the ferry crossing on the Occoquan River prior to encamping and preparing for the next march to Dumfries, VA.. The ferry was operated by George Mason IV servants at the time of the overland march to Yorktown. Photograph by Joseph Chudzik.

Morning of 25 September: Tam Harvie and family who reside at the intersection of Old Colchester Road and Furnace Road, greet the marchers as they prepare to march from Colchester to Dumfries. The Harvies cheered the marchers with provisions of Virginia peanuts and a bottle of fine Virginia wine. Photograph by Gerald Lyons.

The march to Dumfries begins at Furnace Road in Colchester.Photograph by Gerald Lyons.

Earlier AMytY events in Northern Virginia at:

The AMtY marchers consist of a small group that is retracing on foot, as much as possible, the historic movement of the French Army under comte de Rochambeau from Newport (RI) to join George Washington's American Army north of New York City. From there, the re enactment march retraces the overland portion of both the American and French armies in 1781 from positions near New York City to Yorktown, Virginia, as one of the essential parts of the 1781 Yorktown Campaign. Actually, after Anapolis, MD, the allied march overland comprised a wagon train and the French cavalry. The allied infantry regiments and artillery components were conveyed from Anapolis to the Yorktown area by boats. However, the entire French force did march back north in early 1782, using essentially the same campsites.
This ‘commemorative march' marks the 225th Anniversary of the historic one. It is part of a broader effort to support the establishment of a 600-mile ‘Washington - Rochambeau Revolutionary Route' [often abbreviated as ‘W3R'] as an US ‘Historic Trail – an initiative inaugurated on Dec. 16th, 2000 at Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, NY. "This effort includes coordinating with Francophone commissions that unite French cultural groups with American veteran's organizations, historical groups, and other volunteers to provide a Nationally recognized Historical Trail that would outline a self-guided auto route, hiking trails, visitors centers, appropriate signage, and associated literature. The literature and signage will include original campsites, historical sites and other local points of interest along the route."

Further information on the commemoration of the 225th Anniversary of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route is at

Further historical background on this event can be viewed at the following webpages:


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Page posted 30 September 2006.