There is much to see by tracing the Route Washington and Rochambeau took in September 1781 on their way to Yorktown, Virginia.
1.On 9 September, General Washington made his first return to Mount Vernon after six years of war. General comte de Rochambeau, with his and Washington's personal staffs arrived the following day.
2.The reconstructed stonework of Washington's Grist Mill still stands near the intersection of VA Highway 235 and US Route 1.
3.Pohick Church was built between 1768 and 1770. Washington was one of the supervisors of its construction. Just south of the church, it is only a slight aside from the Washington Rochambeau Route to take State Route 242 to Gunston Hall. This is the Colonial Plantation Home (built in 1755) and Museum of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and a framer of the US Constitution.
4.Continuing south on US Route 1 and looking east of Prince William County marker, is a preserved segment of the original Potomac Path used by Washington and Rochambeau on their route to Yorktown.
5.Washington and Rochambeau remained overnight at Fredricksburg on 12 September. This is the town of George Washington's youth. It contains the elegant Kenmore house, built in 1752 by Washington's sister; the home of Mary Washington, his mother, the James Monroe Museum dedicated to the study of the Revolutionary veteran and fifth US President; and the Rising Sun Tavern, built by George Washington's brother in 1760.
6.The old route diverts from the modern main roads in several places. Care is needed not to go too far from the main routes indicated on the opposite map. Stay alert for the Virginia State road markers.
7. Washington and Rochambeau remained overnight at Hanover Courthouse on 13 September.
The generals reached Williamsburg on 14 September and joined the small American force under La Fayette and some French Regiments that de Grasse had brought from the West Indies. Action of Washington and Rochambeau from this point are covered in the other webpages referenced and linked below.
The French Government 1776-1976 Bicentennial Committee provided special displays outside the entrances at Mount Vernon and at the Virginia State Yorktown 'Victory Center' which provide a brief description of the Allied strategic march and the Washington-Rochambeau Route in Virginia.
Detailed directions for retracing the route along modern roads in Virginia are at Washington-Rochambeau Route.

Links to related pages on the march:

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Page created 6 September 1999; last revised 30 March 2008.