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Join Fayetteville in commemorating the birth and life of Lafayette at events held annually on the weekend after Labor Day!

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Our March meeting was a grand success! Check out these photos from the Fayetteville Observer.

Our featured speaker was Marc Jensen, director of Maritime Affairs for the Friends of L’Hermione-LaFayette in America. L’Hermione is an historically accurate reproduction of the ship that Lafayette sailed to America in 1780, and the ship is gearing up to set sail from Rochefort, France, to the United States in 2015! Learn more in this inspiring video.

Visit the the Hermione 2015 website for more information.

9th Annual Lafayette Birthday Celebration
September 11-12, 2015

In 2015, Lafayette’s ship, the Hermione, once again sails from France to America. Join us as we celebrate his birthday during “the year of Lafayette!” This is North Carolina’s official Lafayette Birthday Celebration, as recognized by the NC General Assembly and the United States House and Senate!

Friday, September 11

6:30 PM       Arias and Artifacts at Methodist University

Come to Davis library on campus to view letters written by Lafayette, as well as a treasure trove of early 19th century Lafayette memorabilia, while enjoying some light refreshments. Afterwards, stroll over to Hensdale Chapel for a short concert of French music presented by vocalist Gail Morfesis and Friends.

Saturday, September 12

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM       Lafayette Birthday Farmers Market

Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM       Lafayette Trail Tour

Follow in Lafayette’s footsteps! This year’s tour includes the Phoenix Masonic Lodge and Cool Spring Tavern for the first time. Tickets only $30 per person and includes coffee and croissants and a light lunch. Reservations required. Call 910-678-8899 for tickets.

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM       Lafayette/Rulnick Open Fencing Tournament

At the All-American Fencing Academy on Donaldson Street. Foil and sabre events.

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM       Lafayette Birthday Sidewalk Sale

Historic Downtown shops and restaurants

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM       Festival of Yesteryear

Museum of the Cape Fear, Arsenal Avenue “Living History” highlighting the Colonial Period and Revolutionary War

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM       Lafayette District Scouting Expo

Cross Creek Park

12 noon       Army Ground Forces Dixie-Land Band

Lafayette Plaza, Cross Creek Park Music that will definitely make you feel like celebrating! Free birthday cake and ice cream to the first 100 guests!

6:00 - 9:00 PM       French Wine and Cheese Tasting

Tasting The Wine Café

7:00 PM       “Lafayette and the Greek Revolution”

UNC Professor History and Lafayette author Lloyd Kramer. At the Market House. Free admission but donations will be accepted.


Thank You to All of Our Sponsors:

  • City Center Gallery & Books
  • Lura S. Tally Center for Leadership Development at Methodist University
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Museum of the Cape Fear
  • Up & Coming Weekly
  • Village Green Related Companies

250th Birthday Celebration

Click here to view Telly Award-winning video!

St. Avold

Learn more about St. Avold - our sister-city in France.

Lafayette's visit to the United States inspired a merchandising frenzy - here's your chance to purchase like it's 1824!


Did you miss the original tour?
It's not too late to get a high-quality t-shirt -- only $10!

City Center Gallery & Books
112 Hay Street (downtown), Fayetteville, NC

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The Lafayette bust was designed and custom made by Bob Britton.
Available in sterling, gold, or rhodium.

Walter Guy Jewelers
220 Hay Street (downtown), Fayetteville, NC

Email for out-of-town orders.
25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Lafayette Society.

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Commemorate Lafayette and Fayetteville, NC's unique relationship to him.

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Call 910-678-8899, or click here for more information.

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