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2014 Historic Preservation Field Trips



2014 Preservation Maryland Events

Saturday, May 3 - Lafayette's Farewell Tour- A Presentation and Reception

James H. Webb Cabin
 In 1824-25, the Marquis de Lafayette returned to the United States for a Farewell Tour of the young nation he helped liberate as a general in George Washington's Continental Army.  The 67-year-old apostle of liberty was the last surviving major general of the Revolutionary War and he was welcomed with adoration by the American people who were flush with pride and prosperity.  Although pleased with the nation's progress, Lafayette and his entourage minced no words when it came to the searing problem of "Slavery of the Blacks" and the plight of the Indian Tribes.  They considered these grave concerns for a country in which "all men are created equal."

During Lafayette's travels in Maryland, he was a guest at the Frederick home of his friend Colonel John McPherson from Decemeber 29-31, 1824.

On Saturday, May 3, hear Alan Hoffman, the first scholar to complete the unabridged translation of the journal of Lafayette's Farewell Tour, speak on Lafayette's visit to Maryland and the meaning of his words for a 21st century America.  Afterwards, enjoy a reception at the McPherson-Ross House, the home where Lafayette stayed, and see historically-inspired wall murals depicting Lafayette's journey into Frederick, by local artist Virginia Jacobs McLaughlin.  Visit our Event Page for more information and to register!    

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