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The Rochambeau Ramble, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH
Release Date: September 24, 2008

The Rochambeau Ramble  is one of a total of 202 events that will take place from Saratoga County and the Capital Region to New York City on the weekends of September 13-14, September 20-21 and September 27-28.  The Ramble is sponsored annually by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Hudson River Valley Greenway and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Estuary Program. Now in its ninth year, the popular Ramble has grown
from less than 100 events in its initial year, requiring the need for an additional weekend to handle
the many events now offered.
            The New York Chapter of The Sons of The American Revolution, the Ardsley and Greenburgh Greenway Committees, and the Greenburgh Department of Parks & Recreation
are again co-sponsoring "The Rochambeau Ramble", which includes a guided tour of the
grounds of the historic Odell House-Rochambeau Headquarters at 425 Ridge Road in the
Hartsdale section of Greenburgh. The early 1700's farmhouse, which served as headquarters
for French General Rochambeau for six weeks in 1781 during the Philipsburg Encampment,
is undergoing restoration work at the present time. At the site, Robert J.Stackpole, President
of the N.Y.Chapter of the SAR, will speak about the restoration and the future improvements
planned. A brief ceremony will be held to dedicate two new Heritage New York markers on the
property that tell about the history of the house and the Washington-Rochambeau Philipsburg
Encampment. Information will be available for those who wish to take a self-guided auto tour
to visit four other new historical markers along the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary
Route through Ardsley on the way to Dobbs Ferry. The Ramble includes an easy to moderate
walk on a wooded trail from the Ridge Road County Park where parking is available. Follow
-ing the program at the Odell House property, an optional guided walk will be offered to the
nearby Hart's Brook Park & Preserve, the former Gaisman Estate, where you will learn
about the Preserve's history and its network of hiking trails..……Pre-registration is requested
for those who wish to take part in "The Rochambeau Ramble". This can be done by calling
(914) 993-1641 or sending an e-mail to fsjazz2004@yahoo.com. For more information and    
directions, see Event # 190 in the HRV Ramble Guide at www.hudsonrivervalley.com/ramble.   
The HRV Ramble offers the opportunity for participants  to enjoy guided walking, hiking, kayaking and biking experiences, estuary explorations and historic site tours that highlight the significant historical, cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley. Events are offered on every ability level and many are free.
 Several event series offer an in-depth exploration of themes that earned the region its designation as a National Heritage Area.  They include the role of the Hudson Valley in the Revolutionary War, the Hudson River School of Art, the Great Estates and the Hudson River Estuary.  Nearly 200 environmental, land conservancy, trail and historic preservation organizations, New York State historic sites and parks, as well as the National Park Service participate by offering events. More than 100,000 people participated in the 2007 Ramble.
 "The Hudson River Valley Ramble provides a great opportunity for people of all ages and ability levels to explore the landscape, trails, historic sites and communities throughout the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area," said Mark Castiglione, Acting Director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) and the Hudson River Valley Greenway. "With over 200 events being offered this year, there is truly something for everyone so I encourage all to participate!"
For a complete listing of events, visit www.hudsonrivervalley.com/ramble.  Copies of the program guide may be downloaded and printed directly from the web site.  To receive a free program guide, call (800) 453-6665, or e-mail ramble@hvc.rr.com. The Ramble brochure is one of the most comprehensive regional recreational guides and can be used as a reference throughout the year.  

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