Here she is in all her glory!
Lafyette’s frigate, L’Hermione
France sails to the rescue in America’s War of Independence! First in 1780 and now in 2015!
Newly afloat, she is an exact copy of the original frigate that transported Lafayette back to America in spring of 1780 announcing the arrival of Rochambeau’s convoy that would dock in Newport, RI in July 1780.
L’Hermione: new construction began in 1993 in Rochefort, France, Charente-Maritime where she had first been built. Watch for more information on when and where she will dock with tall ships on the east coast of America this June – July 2015.
…. sang George to Martha.
George goes on to invite his dear wife to spend a return winter in the north.
“Dearest Martha, would you prefer to spend this coming winter in the log hut where we spent our first winter at Valley Forge (PA)?” (see hut below)
“Or,” continued George, “in Morristown, New Jersey, where we spent the super cold winter of 1779-80 in the Ford Mansion?” (see below)
“No contest,” retorted Martha, with glee! “I much prefer our accommodations in Morristown despite the 28 consecutive snow storms. Shall I make a reservation for us, dear?”
True story of how Martha spent her winters with George in the cold, cold, north during the Revolutionary War. Images are taken from my favorite PowerPoint that I name:
Four Women in the Time of Rochambeau – A Queen, A Countess, A Future First Lady, and A Camp Follower.