Havre-de-Grace is part of the only National Historic Trail east of the Appalachian Mountains. Yet even today many people along this 600-mile trail, which runs from Boston and Newport through New York, Philadelphia, Havre de Grace and Baltimore to Yorktown, are unaware of where it runs, what it commemorates, or what it is good for. This presentation, which is based on the research Dr. Selig is currently conducting for an architectural and historical resource inventory and site survey in the State of Maryland, will provide 1) some background information on the W3R-NHT, 2) point out the routes and water lanes through Maryland and the important role the state played in the campaign of 1781 and the siege and victory at Yorktown, and 3) suggest possibilities and opportunities how communities such as Havre-de-Grace can get involved in, and benefit from, a National Historic Trail such as the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.
The lecture will consist of five parts:
(1) background information on efforts that resulted in the W3R-NHT designation (2) an outline of the plan for the resource survey, including where and what the primary resources are for Maryland, the organizations with which I plan to work, and the final products that the funding partners in this project will receive
(3) an outline of the routes and water lanes through Maryland and the important role the state played in the campaign of 1781, the siege and victory at Yorktown, and the return marches of 1781 and 1782
(4) a call to the public and other historians in the State for other information they may be aware of
(5) public discussion, questions and answers
The event takes place at the Maritime Museum in Havre de Grace on April 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. The museum is located at 100 Lafayette Street.