The state joined the union on December 12, 1787 – State No 02/13

Capital: Harrisburg, PA,_Pennsylvania


Topics I et II usa-states-map - GC 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


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

Valley Forge, PA,_Pennsylvania

Lafayette surveying the troops at Valley Forge

Lafayette winter quarter at Valley Forge (today)

The Marquis de La Fayette, who joined the Continental Army experienced his first action at the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777, where he was wounded and where he showed extreme courage under fire in leading an orderly retreat.

He spent most of December 1777 and January 1778 during the long and harsh winter, with George Washington and his Continental Army troops at their winter quarters at Valley Forge.

Philadelphia, PA

I- Lafayette musée PA

Statue of the Marquis de La Fayette

“1757-1834. A native of France. Devoted and faithful to the cause of American Independence General of the Continental Army. An indispensable ally of freedom. The statue can be found in the “Garden of Heroes”. By Raoul Josset (1947) at the west side of the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Easton, PA,_Pennsylvania

Two statues of Marquis de La Fayette are presented in the Lafayette College established here in 1826.

In front of the Colton Chapel in Lafayette College campus a bronze statue by Daniel Chester French.

At the College Ave. entrance to Lafayette College campus. On the Green in the background (donated by Wannamaker’s Department Store).

York, PA,_Pennsylvania

This Lafayette statue and the Scene of Lafayette’s Toast is an NRHP site located on old Lincoln Highway, called Rt. 462 in this area in front of Golden Plough Tavern (1741). The scene is marked by a pavement tablet at 157-9 W. Market St.

« At a dinner here in 1778, Lafayette is said to have proposed his memorable toast of fealty to Washington, thereby thwarting the ‘Conway Cabal’, led by General Gates and fellow conspirators, (1777-1778)  who were plotting to unseat the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. »

The General Horatio Gates house (1751) was connected to the Golden Plough Tavern through a shared kitchen.


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

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

Fayette City, PA,_Pennsylvania

Fayette County, PA,_Pennsylvania

South Fayette Township, PA,_Allegheny_County,_Pennsylvania

Fayetteville, PA,_Pennsylvania

Lafayette Township, PA,_McKean_County,_Pennsylvania

Lafayette Hill, PA,_McKean_County,_Pennsylvania

Lafayette Hill is a small unincorporated community in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Lafayette Hill is located just west of Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood, and south of Plymouth Meeting. Lafayette Hill draws its name from the French General Marquis de Lafayette, who stayed there during the American Revolution. (For more information, scroll down to  « Lafayette: First military campaign: from June 1777 to January 1779″)


Parks, places, sites …

Harrisburg, PA – State Capital,_McKean_County,_Pennsylvania

Lafayette street, Harrisburg PA Colonial Park

Lafayette Street

Abington Township, PA,_Montgomery_County,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

Avis, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Bensalem Township, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

Bridgeville, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Bristol, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Bryn Mawr, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Rd.

Coatesville, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

– Lafayette Rd.

Collingdale, PA

– Lafayette Ave.

Darby, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Doylestown, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Easton, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Fort Washington, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

Gladwyne, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Rd.

Kennett Square, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Lancaster, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Lansdale PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Rd.

Lebanon, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Mercersburg, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Rd.

Merion Station, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Rd.

Morrisville, PA,_Bucks_County,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

Newtown, PA,_Bucks_County,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Norristown, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Oreland, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

Palmerton, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA

– Lafayette Ave.

Prospect Park, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

Reading, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Scranton, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Sharon, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

Tamaqua, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Vandergrift, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.

Wayne, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Rd.

West Chester, PA,_Pennsylvania

– General Lafayette Blvd.

– Lafayette St.

Whitemarsh Township, PA,_Montgomery_County,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

Yardley, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette Ave.

York, PA,_Pennsylvania

– Lafayette St.


Pictures, busts, Exhibitions …

Easton, PA,_Pennsylvania

P4- College Lafayette easton- PA Marquis de Lafayette

Portrait of Lafayette. Oil on canvas, 1826-1833. By Thomas Sully (American, 1783-1872).Courtesy of Lafayette College Art Collection, Easton, PA, 1987

Uniontown, PA,_Pennsylvania

Uniontown, PA is a city in Fayette County, PA – 46 miles southeast of Pittsburgh

Lafayette  By Blythe   c.1850 - Uniontown PA

General Lafayette
Hand sculpted eight-foot wooden statue by David Gilmour Blythe c1850
Fayette County Building and Court House, Uniontown, PA



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 lives for their independence.

Between 1776 and 1783, France spent 1.3 billion French pounds. A huge debt for the time that drained the Treasure of the Kingdom.

Road markers, places, objects…

13_colonies Am revol

The 13 English colonies 

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

Lafayette as a Major General in the continental army

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

Brandywine, PA – September 11, 1777

September 11, 1777 – The Battle of Brandywine, also known as the Battle of Brandywine Creek, was fought between the Continental army and the British army.  More troops fought at Brandywine than any other battle of the American Revolution. It was also the longest single-day battle of the war, with continuous fighting for 11 hours. The British Army defeated the Continental Army.

Lafayette Wounded at brandywine, PA Sept. 11 1778,

Lafayette shot in the leg at the Battle of Brandywine

The American retreat was well-organized, largely due to the efforts of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, who, although wounded, created a rallying point that allowed for a more orderly retreat before being treated for his wound. Lafayette was shot in the leg.

Lafayette Hill, PA /Barren Hill, PA

Prior to general decampment from Valley Forge in the spring of 1778, George Washington dispatched an estimated 2200 troops under the command of Marquis de Lafayette to act as a defensive screen and to conduct reconnaissance of the British army, which had garrisoned in Philadelphia for the winter. The two forces had a brief engagement at nearby Barren Hill.

Lafayette Hill, PA 1778 DSCN7085

Lafayette Hill, PA 1778 DSCN7088

Lafayette marker located on the  Masonic Village green, Lafayette Hill

Baren Hill, PA 1778 -DSCN7075 GC

Baren Hill, PA 1778 DSCN7078

Lafayette marker at  Saint Peter’s Church Cemetery, Barren Hill

* 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


Louis XVI - King of France and Navare

Louis XVI – King of France and Navarre

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 French pounds “livres Tournoises” of aid.

1778-1782 – France officially 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…


The United States 1783-1803

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

Lafayette urged the Pennsylvania Legislature to help form a federal union (the states were then bound by the Articles of Confederation).


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The United States in 1825

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

July 1824
•    July 13 – Lafayette leaves France.
August 1824
•    August 15 – Staten Island, NY
•    August 16 – New York City landing at Castle Garden.
•    August 20 –New York City to Bridgeport, CT  via (Harlem NYC, New Rochelle, and in Connecticut Greenwich (Byram Bridge and Putnam Hill), Stamford, Norwalk, Saugatuck (Westport) and Fairfield.
From August 21 to 24, 1824 – New Haven, CT  Providence RI Stoughton, MA, and Boston, MA
September 1824
(September 4 – Hartford and Middletown, CT
•    September 5 – New York City, NY
•    September 11 –New York City, NY
•    September 16 -Poughkeepsie, NY
•    September 24 -Newburgh, NY
September 28, 1824; Lafayette is in Philadelphia, PA. Heading to Delaware

Lafayette Parade 28 sept. 1824 Philadelphia PAOn September 28, 1824, Lafayette visits Philadelphia with a parade followed by speeches at the State House Independence Hall under Philadelphian architect William Strickland’s Triumphal Arches. 

Lafayette-silk-phila Sept 28, 1824 Visit

General La Fayette arrival at Independence Hall


  • January 31, 1825 – Lafayette visits Perseverance Lodge #21 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA,_Pennsylvania

Lafayette visits Perseverance Lodge #21,  Harrisburg

February 1825

Lafayette set off on the southern leg of his tour.

  • February 23, 1825 -Because the route from Richmond, VA to Raleigh, NC was by carriage over poor roads, the traveling party was obliged to take the sandy « Lower Road » by Suffolk, VA, and  Halifax, NC.
  • February 25 — « On February 25, 1825, Lafayette granted Poulson’s Advertiser, one of Philadelphia’s leading newspapers, an interview. Lafayette recalled receiving his wound at Brandywine »


May 1825

May 25, 1825 – The Marquis de La Fayette visited Washington, PA and dined at the George Washington Hotel’s Pioneer Grill, and stayed at the nearby Globe Inn.

Washington, PA,_Pennsylvania

1825  postcard lafayette visit Wheeling VA

A postcard celebrating the 1825 visit of LaFayette in the town  (bearing a painting by Malcolm Parcell).

•    May 29 – Visits Braddock, PA

Braddock, PA,_Pennsylvania

•    May 30–31 –Stays in Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

June 1825
•    June 1 –Arrives Butler, PA and stays overnight

Butler, PA,_Pennsylvania


•    June 4 – Buffalo, NY at Lafayette Square. (Lafayette follows Erie Canal from Buffalo, NY to Rochester, NY across New York State )
•    June 7 – Rochester, NY.
July 1825
•    July 14 – Morristown, NJ.
•    July 15 – Bottle Hill, NJ (now Madison) on his way to Springfield, NJ.
•    July 20 – Lafayette visits Germantown, PA and Chestnut Hill, PA (Philadelphia)

Germantown / Chestnut Hill, PA,_Philadelphia,_Philadelphia

(a neighborhood in the Northwest Philadelphia section of the city of Philadelphia, PA)

On July 20 – Lafayette visits the area

•    July 25 –Lafayette again visits Wilmington, DE.
•    July 26, 1825 – Lafayette departs Chester, PA, for the Brandywine Battlefield, ending the day in West Chester, PA  

Chester, PA,_Pennsylvania

July 26, 1825, Lafayette departs for the Brandywine Battlefield

Brandywine Battlefield, PA

Birmingham Lafayette cemetery

large marquis de  lafayette monument - Brandywine PA

July 26, 1825, Lafayette visits the battlefield

Monument to Lafayette and Pulaski

 at Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery / Also known as Birmingham Meetinghouse Cemetery
1245 Birmingham Road – West Chester

 West Chester, PA,_Pennsylvania

July 26, 1825, Lafayette end the day in the town

West Chester July 26 1825 PA

July 27 – Departs  West Chester, PA for Lancaster, PA.

Lancaster, PA,_Pennsylvania

July 27 –Lafayette arrives Lancaster, PA. Heading to Maryland

Late July –Baltimore/Maryland, via Port Deposit and Havre de Grace, Maryland. Spends two days in Baltimore.

August 1825

Late August – Lafayette returns to Mount Vernon/Virginia

September 1825September 6 – Washington, D.C.

September 7, 1825

Lafayette leaves Washington, DC and returns to France on the frigate USS Brandywine.