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Bicentennial of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour Visits New Rochelle, NY

August 18 @ 11:00 am 3:00 pm


Celebrate Lafayette 200! A Living History Extravaganza
August 18, 2024, 11-3 pm Ruby Dee Park New Rochelle Library Green,

11 am – 3 pm

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Food Trucks
  • Selfie Station – Revolutionary War Costumes, Tribute to Lafayette
  • Children’s Petting Zoo
  • Historical Reenactors
  • Blacksmith, Midwifery, Soldiers, Spinning Wheel, Baker, Woodworking, Children’s Games & Music
  • American Friends of Lafayette traveling panels will be displayed in the New Rochelle Public Library Lobby.

New Rochelle Public Library

  • Lafayette exhibit featuring the artwork of local summer campers
  • Panels depicting the close connection between New Rochelle resident Thomas Paine and Lafayette, and the New Rochelle historical connection.


  • Friends of the Ward House, Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association, Alliance Française du Westchester, NY, Huguenot Masonic Lodge No. 46 – more being added each day

12 pm
The Marquis de Lafayette arrives to a 19-gun salute, bells ringing
accompanied by emissaries from New Rochelle, Gideon Coggeshall and Laird
M. H. Butler. Greeted by the sounds of Charles Dickerson Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps

12:15 pm Main Stage
New Rochelle Mayor Ramos-Herbert issues a proclamation declaring August 18th Lafayette Day.
Words of Response by Marquis de Lafayette. Remarks by Historians Barbara Davis & Lee Justo and Local Dignitaries. Songcatchers presents Patriotic Songs of the Revolution Charles Dickerson Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps

1-1:45 pm
Marquis de Lafayette will be at our selfie station for photos and a
special Q&A session.

1:30 pm Main Stage
Legendary and Master storyteller, Jonathan Kruk, will bring the Revolutionary War era, 1824, and Lafayette & New Rochelle to life. Program subject to change

Sponsored by
Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association, New Rochelle Public
Library and City of New Rochelle
National Partner – American Friends of Lafayette
Local Partners – The Thomas Paine National Historical Association, New Rochelle
Chamber of Commerce, The Sister City Initiative – New Rochelle, The Lincoln
Park Conservancy, New Rochelle Parks & Recreation, Westchester County, Iona