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Bicentennial of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour Visits Fredericksburg, VA

November 23 November 24

November 23, 2024

The Fredericksburg Lafayette Bicentennial Committee welcomes you to George Washington’s hometown and site of the James Monroe Presidential Library and Museum. Fredericksburg is known for its authenticity and our commemoration of General Lafayette’s November 1824 visit is based on the detailed account contained in “Reception of General Lafayette in Fredericksburg”, by Rufus B. Merchant.

Event List

  • Military Reception, Procession, Market Square Reception, and Old Town Hall Reception Line
    • Date: Saturday, November 23, 2024
    • Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Description: Fredericksburg civic and military officials, cadets, and local veterans welcome General Lafayette upon his arrival at the town’s 1824 western boundary followed by a procession through city streets to Historic Market Square for a formal welcome by the Mayor and City Council. After the delivery of historically accurate remarks and music, meet General Lafayette in Old Town Hall in a recreation of his reception with the women of Fredericksburg. While there, take in the Fredericksburg Area Museum’s exhibit,“Lafayette’s World: Revolutionary Ideals and the Limits of Freedom”. All elements of this event are free and open to the public.
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  • Ball for General Lafayette
    • Date: Saturday, November 23, 2024
    • Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    • Description: Join the Fredericksburg Sister City Association for a Ball Honoring General Lafayette. Dance with members of the Virginia Regency Society to period ballroom music performed by Music of the Regiment. Enjoy food and libations and engage with the General in a relaxed setting. This is a ticketed event that is open to the public. Ticket sale information to be announced.
    • Location: Fredericksburg Square, 525 Caroline Street

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November 24, 2024

The Fredericksburg Lafayette Bicentennial Committee welcomes you to George Washington’s hometown and site of the James Monroe Presidential Library and Museum. Fredericksburg is known for its authenticity and our commemoration of General Lafayette’s November 1824 visit is based on the detailed account contained in “Reception of General Lafayette in Fredericksburg”, by Rufus B. Merchant.

Event List

  • Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4, A.F. & A.M. Gathering
    • Date: Sunday, November 24, 2024
    • Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Description: Enter the historic Masonic Lodge No. 4, George Washington’s Mother Lodge for an exploration of the shared history of this lodge and Mason General Lafayette. Lafayette visited the Lodge and was greeted with bonhomie and fellowship and was made an honorary Lodge member. Watch the recreation of Lafayette’s visit and observe Lodge-owned artifacts from his visit. This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the Lodge are welcome.
    • Location: Masonic Lodge No. 4, 803 Princess Anne Street
  • Historic Church Service for General Lafayette
    • Date: Sunday, November 24, 2024
    • Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    • Description: Participate in a recreation of the historic church service given for General Lafayette at St. George’s Episcopal Church. This is a free event and open to the public.
    • Location: St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne Street