Rochambeau Encampment Reenactment
A photo taken during the reenactment of the march of Comte de Rochambeau in celebration of the United States' bicentennial. During General Rochambeau's march from Newport, Rhode Island to Yorktown, Virginia, he and his troops camped in the town of Farmington.A description of the 1976 event reads:"Since Farmington was a campsite for General Rochambeau's troops in 1781, we were again selected as an evening restpoint by the Waterbury Bicentennial Commission who sponsored the 1976 reenactment. Mr. Richard Lenkowski, who portrayed Gen. Rochambeau during the entire march, and Mr. Russell Tolles led approximately fifty men from East Hartford to Farmington and prepared the campsite with their assistance.Tents were erected before the evening meal which began at 6:30 p.m. Many local families purchased dinner tickets and joined the marchers and several of their families in partkaing of a wonderful buffet consisting of chicken, salads, potatoes, bread, ice cream and beverages (prepared by the Epicure) before the program began. William Lidgerwood, on behalf of the Farmington Historical Society and the Farmington Bicentennial Committee, introduced Mr. Lenkowski who explained how the Bicentennial march originated and some information about the men's costumes. He also presented the town with a medallion, minted in France, and a copy of a resolution approved by the Connecticut General Assembly citing the towns on the "Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Route." Mr. Lidgerwood accepted the medallion and resolution on behalf of the town.A small battle reeactment concluded the program at dusk. Just prior to the skirmish, Brian Boland and friends surprised everyone present by jumping out of surrounding bushes dressed in Indian costumes.Several items were offered for sale that evening including reproduction muskets, pistols, buttons, coins, written materials, etc. A flag dipslay was also arranged on the campsite grounds.Gary Ouellette of Unionville was the only Farmington resident march with the troops. The group left the campsite early Friday morning in order to be at Barnes Tavern by evening."
[s.l.] : [s.n.], 1976.
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