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FAYETTEVILLE'S NAMESAKE
Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert
du Motier de la Fayette, or more simply
known as the Marquis de Lafayette, was
born in Chavaniac, France in the 1750s.
Entering the Royal Army at the age of
14 and hoping to avenge the death of his
father due to BritainÕs Seven-Years War,
he later went on to champion the cause
of the American Revolution.

Town Hall - Linden

Octagon Tabernacle - Falcon

Community Park - Eastover

Although still a teenager when he
arrived in Charleston, South Carolina
in 1777, and one who spoke little
English, he still managed to convince
the Continental Army to appoint him
as a major general. The Marquis de
Lafayette struck up deep and lasting
friendships with the likes of George
Washington, after whom the Marquis
named his first son, as well as
Alexander Hamilton. His relationship
with Hamilton earned him the
nickname, ÒAmericaÕs Favorite Fighting
FrenchmanÓ in the famed Broadway
musical ÒHamilton.Ó
Many American cities and streets are
named after the Marquis, including
Fayetteville, North Carolina. We hold
the great distinction, however, of being
the only town named after Lafayette
that he personally visited. He came to
town in 1825 during a trip to the United
States honoring the 50 year anniversary
of the Battle of Bunker Hill. He received
a heroÕs welcome. You can visit a statue
of the Marquis on Ann Street. We also
have a Lafayette Heritage Trail that
takes visitors to the same locations
Lafayette visited in 1825.

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