June 18, 6pm Joy Homestead Celebration Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea, 156 Scituate Ave, Cranston. The Cranston Historical Society invites you to join us on June 18 at the Joy Homestead to celebrate the 242nd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau. Rochambeau led his French forces of King Louis XVI through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18th 1781, on his way to join General Washington to defeat the British at Yorktown. At 6pm, enjoy an evening of pleasantries and tea with homemade biscuits & strawberries. $5 donation. Reservations required. (401) 944-9226.
The Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route -- W3R –- begins in Newport, continues as a 600 mile National Park Heritage Trail following the route the French took on their way to Yorktown, Virginia to defeat the British under the command of General Cornwallis. The Route is also designated as a National Landmark which the Joy Homestead & Governor Sprague Mansion Museum are located on.
The early morning of June 18th 1781 marked the beginning of four days during which the Joy family witnessed Allied French Soldiers and artillery traveling by their homestead led by General Comte de Rochambeau. That Monday, they saw the general leading the first of the regiments, the Bourbonnais, on their way to join General George Washington’s army in New York. Perhaps Rachel Joy baked bread to give to the soldiers. Some of the soldiers may have filled their canteens in Joy Brook.
The Cranston Historical Society is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational and historic preservation organization.
For a special occasion – or meeting -- host it at the Sprague Mansion by calling (401) 944-9226 for details.
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