2006 Summer

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
For Immediate Release

American history, from the Revolutionary War to the War Between the States, will come alive with two major reenactments scheduled for Connecticut's Litchfield Hills the weekend of June 17 and 18.

The March to Victory Weekend to be held at Platt Farm in Southbury will be the largest Revolutionary War event in New England this year. It will bring to life the camp of the Comte de Rochambeau in 1781, as he marched his French army of 5,000 men from their arrival point in Newport across Connecticut to aid George Washington's army in New York. The site will be on a 119-acre property adjacent to the actual march route.

Hundreds of participants from the Fifth Connecticut Regiment and their families, dressed in authentic costume, will set up a realistic military camp complete with outdoor cooking and field musicians. Events on Saturday and Sunday will include parades and drills, field skirmishes reenacting the Battle of Breakneck Creek, and rifle shooting competitions. Under the Main Tent, talks and videos will explain the importance of Rochambeau's role in gaining America?s freedom.

An eighteenth century Contra Dance on Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. will feature period music and dance instructions. Hours for the reenactment activities are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students; children five and under are free.

The Reenactment taking place in Southbury is part of the 225th Anniversary Celebration of the historic march along the entire nine state Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route. Rochambeau and his well trained men brought hope as well as funds from the French king, re-energizing the underpaid and discouraged American troops. Together the armies marched south to Yorktown, Virginia to defeat the British and turn the tide of the war. The trail from Newport to Yorktown will be commemorated by the National Park Service with more than fifty permanent markers re-tracing Rochambeau's march.

Sponsors of the Southbury reenactment include the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR), the National Park Service, the Southbury Land Trust, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism

For a Free Brochure on the Re-enactment in Southbury, contact Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759; or call 800-663-1273.

CIVIL WAR ACTION

The calendar moves up to the 1860s for a second realistic reenactment. This time it will be the famous Valley Campaigns of Stonewall Jackson during the Civil War, presented by Company H, 1st Maryland Infantry, June 17 and 18 at the Housatonic Boy Scout Council's Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen.

Events on Saturday and Sunday will include ongoing civilian camp demonstrations, Confederate and Union field drills, cavalry and artillery demonstrations, a recreation of a field hospital, period fashion shows, dancing demonstrations and a reenactment of the Front Royal battle of Wadham's Grove at 1:30 p.m. each day. Admission to the Goshen event is $8 for adults, $4 for school age children, free for anyone in scout uniform. Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For further information on the reenactments and other special events, and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield CT 06759-0968, 800-663-1273, or check the Internet at or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.