State joined the union on June 21, 1788 – State No 09/13

Capital: Concord


In May 1955, the New Hampshire General Court passed legislation (Chapter 4:13-b) proclaiming May 20th as General Marquis de Lafayette Day, in honor of this proud patriot who had come from France to volunteer in the American struggle for Independence.  May 20, 1834 was the date of Lafayette’s death.

(Only 3 US States have a « Lafayette Day » – New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Virginia)


* TOPIC I: 23 Lafayette outdoor sculptures, statues, busts… in 16 States □ TOPIC II: Around 100 Towns, Counties, Places named for Lafayette in 38 States Synthesis realized by Gérard Charpentier 01-01-2016
* TOPIC I: 23 Lafayette outdoor sculptures, statues, busts… in 16 States
□ TOPIC II: Around 100 Towns, Counties, Places named for Lafayette in 38 States
Synthesis realized by Gérard Charpentier 01-01-2016

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Statues, Busts, Monuments, Memorials… Historic Parks and Places…

(No outdoor sculptures found)



Town, city, village, county, township… Historic, natural sites…may refer or are named for

General Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette or La Grange, « Home » of Lafayette

Mount Lafayette, NH

Mout Lafayette panorama

Mount Lafayette named for Lafayette after his visit in 1825

Left to right: Eagle Lake, Mt. Lafayette and the Franconia Ridge as viewed from the Greenleaf Hut



Parks, places, sites …

Concord, NH – State Capital

(No street named for Lafayette found)


Claremont, Lafayette St.


Laconia, Lafayette St.


Lebanon, Lafayette St.


Manchester, Lafayette St.


Portsmouth, Lafayette Rd.


Rochester, Lafayette St.


Seabrook, Lafayette Rd.



Pictures, busts, Exhibitions …

(No information found)




They played a key role in the American Revolution (1765-1783)
and during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)

Between 1778 and 1783,
44 177 French soldiers and sailors fought aside the “American Insurgents”,
5 040 gave their live for their independence.


Road markers, places, objects…

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The 13 states involved : Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts (South and North), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia.

He enlisted as a volunteer without pay alongside the « Insurgents » of the 13 English colonies in America who declared independence unilaterally July 4, 1776

Marquis de Lafayette as a Major General of Continental Army in 1779. Portrait by Charles Willson Peale
Marquis de Lafayette as a Major General of Continental Army in 1779.
Portrait by Charles Willson Peale


Lafayette: First military campaign : from June 1777 to January 1779

Lafayette: Back in France to plead the cause of the “Insurgents” : from February 1779 to March 1780

Lafayette: Second military campaign :  from April 1780 to December 1781



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1768-1777 – France secretly helps the American Insurgents

1768: Baron de Kalb a Bavarian-born French military, traveled to America on a covert mission (to determine the level of discontent among colonists) on behalf of France.
1775-1776-1777:  France secretly sent military supplies. During these three years France had been sent secretly to the American rebels over five million “livres” of aid.

1778-1782 – France officialy and fully aids the American Insurgents

1778 (February) – Franco American Treaty
(Later Spain (in 1779) and Dutch (in 1780) became allies of France)

*1778-1779 – 1st “French Expedition” under Comte d’Estaing

*1780-1781-1782- 2nd “French Expedition” under Comte de Rochambeau

*1781- The French Navy under Comte de Grasse joins the Franco-American ground Forces in Yorktown, VA



TOPIC VI (T6) – LAFAYETTE VISIT (August 4 to December 22, 1784)

Road markers, places, objects…


In 1784, Lafayette visited America, where he enjoyed an enthusiastic welcome; he visited all the states except Georgia.



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The 24 states visited : Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine (ex-Massachusetts / North part), Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia. Plus Washington D.C.

General Lafayette in 1825 by Matthew Harris Jouett
General Lafayette in 1825 by Matthew Harris Jouett

Detailed Timeline

Lafayette visited New England: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, NH Vermont, VT  and Connecticut, CT twice,

spending a month all told in the region.


The First New England Visit (From August 20 to September 04, 1824)

September 1824

From August 21 to August 24. Heading north from Staten Island, NY he stopped briefly in New Haven, CT, Providence, R.I., Stoughton, MA, and Boston, MA.

On August 25 Lafayette arrived in Cambridge, MA

On August 26 he stopped in five Massachusetts cities and towns:  Lexington, Concord, Salem, Marblehead, and Newburyport and settled into the Boston area until August 31. (During that time he visited former President John Adams in Quincy, MA)

On September 1, he visited Portsmouth, N.H, then headed south again to Boston, MA and Lexington, MA.

Portsmouth, N.H


On Sept. 3. Worcester, MA and Tolland, CT were on his agenda

On Sept. 4, Hartford and Middletown, CT were on his agenda


He then visited familiar places:  Philadelphia, Delaware, Virginia. He spent some time in the new capital, Washington, D.C. then south to Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia. He turned west to see the new states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, then up the Mississippi River in a steamboat to Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Then he traveled back through Pennsylvania to New York, where he saw Niagara Falls and went to Albany by way of the Erie Canal. From Albany he traveled straight to Boston.


Second New England Visit (From June 17 to June 29, 1825)

On June 17, 1825, Lafayette began his second New England tour by laying the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument – Boston Mass

On June 22, He spent the night in Dover, N.H.

Dover, NH

William Hale House, Dover NH

The William Hale’s Mansion known as  « Lafayette House »

Toward the end of General Lafayette’s year-long triumphal tour of the United States, he also visited Dover. Following a ceremonial dinner at the town hall, he attended a party at William Hale’s mansion. That night – June 23, 1825 – the aged French aristocrat and the thriving American entrepreneur both slept in the large guest chamber on the second floor. It is from this celebrated visit that the mansion of William Hale became commonly known as « the Lafayette house ».

(When William Hale died, ownership of the house passed to his daughter, Lydia R. Hale, and upon her death,

to Sarah Low, her niece and Hale’s granddaughter.

That night, a delegation of citizens from South Berwick, Maine, invited him to breakfast. He accepted. Then he visited Biddeford and Portland. Maine

  • June 23 – Lafayette crosses into Maine at 8AM via South Berwick, Maine and spent the day in Saco, Maine and Biddeford, Maine.
  • June 24 Lafayette stops in Scarborough, Maine at 7AM and then at 9AM was welcomed at Portland, Maine by Maine governor Albion Parris, Bowdoin College President William Henry Allen, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s father Stephen Longfellow.


On Sunday June 27, Lafayette leaves Portland early in the morning, passes through Saco and Biddford, and arrives in Concord, New Hampshire  and that same day arrives late (~10 p.m.) in Claremont, New Hampshire.

Nortwood, NH

He passed this spot in June 23 (?), 1825, traveling between Concord and Dover.

lafayette Tour NH

Description: Upon invitation of President Monroe, issued at the request of the Congress Marquis de La Fayette, Revolutionary War Hero, revisited the United States for a goodwill tour which included an extensive visit to New Hampshire towns.

Concord, NH

June 22 (?), 1825: General Lafayette held address to a joint session of the New Hampshire General Court.
The following day, an elm tree, symbol of Liberty, was planted on the spot where General Lafayette had been seated. This tree survived 130 years.

On Wednesday May 19th, 2010:  To celebrate the 185th anniversary of French General Lafayette’s visit to Concord, a commemoration ceremony has been held in Concord, NH


Staff photo by Don Himsel Lafayette Liberty Elm, State House, Concord

This Wednesday May 19, Count Gilbert de Pusy Lafayette, a descendant of General Marquis de Lafayette, the Consul General of France in Boston, Hon. Christophe Guilhou, and the Governor of New Hampshire, Hon. John Lynch, planted a new elm tree outside the Statehouse. (Credit: Staff photo Don Himsel)

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New « Lafayette Liberty Elm »  Planted May 19, 2010

« The world should never forget the spot where once stood the Liberty Tree, so famous in your annals. »
General Lafayette (June 1825)


Claremont, NH

On June 27, he arrived late at night in Claremont, N.H. Early the next day, he crossed over the Cornish Bridge to Vermont


Lafayette Tour in New Hampshire 1825  – From New Hampshire to Vermont

lafayette coach NH

In advance of an exhibition on a French aristocrat and military leader, Marquis de Lafayette, exhibit technicians at the New-York Historical Society prepare the carriage he rode from New Hampshire to Vermont in 1825.


On June 28, Early in the day, he crossed over the Cornish Bridge to Vermont, passing through Woodstock late in the morning, then took a stagecoach over the mountains to Barnard and Royalton, Randolph and Barre. He spend the night in Montpelier at The Pavilion.

On Wednesday, June 29, 1825, he left Montpelier for Burlington, his last stop in New England.

On June 29, 1825, he traveled overnight south on Lake Champlain past Mount Independence on the steamboat Phoenix II and arrived Whitehall, New York June 30 1825