Fayetteville honors namesake September 11-12

Fayetteville, NC –  In 1825, the Revolutionary War hero marquis de Lafayette visited Fayetteville during his “Grand Tour” of the United States.   Fayetteville was the first city named after Lafayette and the only namesake city he visited on his grand tour. 

You can follow in Lafayette’s footsteps during a guided tour of the Lafayette cultural heritage trail on September 12th.  The tour is just one event that is part of North Carolina’s official celebration of the birthday of Lafayette.  This special two day event, which was recognized by both the US Congress and NC House of Representatives, is held September 11th  and 12th in Fayetteville.

Other birthday happenings:

Friday, September 11

Methodist University’s Davis Library offers a display letters and other artifacts from Lafayette.    After the viewing, a short concert of French music is offered.  This presentation starts at 6 pm.

Saturday, September 12

From 10 am – 5 pm, Festival of Yesteryear at Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex showcases life in this region during the colonial period.

In Festival Park at 12 noon, the Army Ground Forces Dixie Land Band performs favorites while birthday cake and ice cream is distributed to the first 100 guests.

The Market House hosts a presentation by UNC Professor History and Lafayette author Lloyd Kramer.  The presentation, titled  “Lafayette and the Greek Revolution,”   starts at 7:30  pm. 

For a full list of events during Lafayette’s birthday celebration:  go to LafayetteSociety.org .

Pictures from past celebrations

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Not able to visit during the birthday celebration?  Not to worry, the Lafayette Cultural Heritage Trail  is available for self guided tours at any time.

The Layette Birthday celebration is just one event happening in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.  A few other September highlights:

> September 11-13/ Greek Festival
> September 12-13/ Renaissance Faire
> September 11-20/ Cumberland County Fair
> September 25-27 / International Folk Festival

 For a complete September calendar, go to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.

About the FACVB:

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization

responsible for positioning Fayetteville/Cumberland County as a destination for conventions,

sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217.