Sunday, October 1, 2023

Bike and Kayak Tour Commemorating Revolutionary War Stops In Yorktown

Victory Monument
Yorktown Victory Monument (WYDaily/Nancy Sheppard)

YORKTOWN — An 800-mile bike and kayak tour sponsored by the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association (W3R) will culminate at the Yorktown Victory Monument, 803 Main Street, around 2 p.m. today.

The trek follows similar routes taken by American and French Armies from Newport, R.I. to Yorktown in the fall of 1781. During that campaign the Continental Army under the command of General George Washington along with a French force commanded by General Jean-Baptiste  de Rochambeau fought their way from New England to lay siege to British forces at Yorktown.

The tour, which left Newport on Aug. 14,  has been makin stops at sites significant to the campaign along the way.  The lone rider/kayaker, Sal Lilienthal of Kent, Conn. and his one man support crew, Jeff Canning of Cortland Manor N.Y., held events to commemorate the historic campaign for American Independence at each stop.

The W3R is a national partner of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail and it works to commemorate the alliance between the French and Continental armies during the American Revolution.

For more information on the tour and today’s event, check out the WR3 website.


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