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‘The French in Newport’ Weekend
July 14 @ 11:00 am - July 15 @ 4:00 pm
In July 1780, thousands of French troops arrived in Newport, RI and began an occupation that lasted nearly a year. This alliance played a crucial role in helping Americans win the War for Independence as well as aiding local residents as they recovered from a harsh British occupation. This summer, the Newport Historical Society, with generous support from the National Park Service/Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail, will host a two-day French living history event. This free programming will include:
- Appearances by George & Martha Washington with General Rochambeau, the Marquis de Lafayette and the Marquis de Chastellux.
- 18th century baking demonstrations by Half Crown Bakehouse. Historical bread will be available for purchase.
- Museum of the American Revolution’s First Oval Office.
- A recreation of General George Washington’s sleeping and office tent and furniture that served as his mobile headquarters while on campaign.
- Historical fashion demonstrations, kids scavenger hunt and much more!
- The weekend concludes with a free concert with the Middlesex County Fife & Drum Corps.