News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners
Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Deputy Director
Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Paul Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner
July 19, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
‘History on the Green’ will Feature George Washington & Rochambeau
Free Family Fun at Courthouse Green Encampment in Somerville
SOMERVILLE, NJ – Join General George Washington and his French ally the Comte de Rochambeau for free family fun at an encampment on the Courthouse Green between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.
Residents will have an opportunity to interact with Washington, General Rochambeau and Revolutionary War soldiers at the pop-up encampment on Somerville’s Main Street, between North Bridge and Grove streets. Participants will be entertained by fife and drums, cannon and musket demos, and a variety of activities.
French troops under the command of the General Rochambeau joined the Continental Army in the fight for independence. While General Washington served as the commander of the allied armies, General Rochambeau had the military expertise to play a vital role in strategic planning.
“Washington and Rochambeau led their armies through Somerset County, and we are thrilled to offer this opportunity to interact with and experience the life of soldiers during the Revolutionary War,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Melonie Marano, Cultural and Heritage liaison. “Somerset County is proud of our rich heritage and our designations as both a Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area and part of the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail.”
The allied army traversed Somerset County, passing through Bernards, Warren, Bridgewater, Manville, Hillsborough, Millstone, Franklin, Montgomery and Rocky Hill.
“History on the Green” is made possible in part by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission.
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