Join Lafayette as he retraces his steps in Fayetteville!

Fayetteville’s Lafayette Trail follows General Lafayette’s visit to Fayetteville on March 4 and 5, 1825, as part of his United States tour as “The Nation’s Guest.”  In the videos below, Lafayette reflects on his time in Fayetteville and how maybe just a few things have changed in the last 200 years…

Lafayette Virtual Tour

Follow the Frenchman!

The Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has developed a Lafayette Trail that includes 12 stops relevant to Lafayette’s visit to our city – now you, too, can follow Lafayette’s steps in Fayetteville!

Want to explore Lafayette’s 1824-1825 travels outside of Fayetteville? Check out the national Lafayette Trail, a project which is mapping Lafayette’s travels all over the country.  Historical markers (with costs generously underwritten by the Pomeroy Foundation) are going to be placed along the trail.  Fayetteville’s marker was dedicated on March 5, 2021 – 196 years to the day that Lafayette visited!
Lafayette Society President Hank Parfitt, County Commissioner Glenn Adams, Mayor Mitch Colvin, General Lafayette, and Julien Ischer h Colvin, and national Lafayette Trail organizer Julien Ischer standing in front of the Lafayette Statue in Cross Creek Park.
Lafayette Society President Hank Parfitt, County Commissioner Glenn Adams, Mayor Mitch Colvin, General Lafayette, and Julien Ischer welcome guests to the marker dedication.
Five men unveiling the Lafayette Trail marker in Cross Creek Park
County Commissioner Glenn Adams, General Lafayette, Lafayette Society Vice President Bud Lafferty, Mayor Mitch Colvin, and national Lafayette Trail organizer Julien Ischer unveil Fayetteville's Lafayette Trail marker.
The Lafayette Trail marker in Cross Creek Park at sundown.
The Pomeroy Foundation is generously funding the installation of these historical markers.