Saturday, September 26, 2009

Millstone 2009 Rochambeau Encampment Celebration

Historic Millstone Borough, which is surrounded on three sides by Hillsborough Township, held its annual celebration of the 1781 Rochambeau Army encampment in Millstone (which was then known as Somerset Court House).

The activities started at 10 a.m. at Hillsborough Reformed Church cemetery with a rifle salute and a wreath-laying on a Revolutionary Soldier's grave:

Dutch dancing in front of the church honored many of the original settlers of the area:

The parade through town included Millstone's residents:

There was a picnic at Borough Hall:

Storyteller Lawrence Walker made an historic presentation:

The Fifes and Drums of Trenton's Old Barracks provided music throughout the day, historic sites such as the Old Forge Blacksmith Shop were open, and Watercolorists Unlimited held an exhibition.

According to the Millstone Borough website, this encampment was part of the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.
For more photographs of the festivities by Susan Gulliford and George Mariasz
click here.