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Near Towanda in Bradford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Asylum

 
 
Asylum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
1. Asylum Marker
Inscription.
A settlement of French Royalists, who fled the French Revolution in 1793, was established in this valley directly opposite this marker. It was laid out and settled under the direction of Viscount de Noailles and Marquis Antoine Omer Talon.
It was hoped that Queen Marie Antoinette might here find safety.
Among many distinguished visitors to this place were Louis Phillipe, Duke of Orleans, later King of France, Prince de Talleyrand, Duke de Montpensier and the Duke de la Rochefoucauld Liancourt.
 
Erected 1930 by Pennsylvania Historical Commission and Bradford County Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 44.271′ N, 76° 18.657′ W. Marker is near Towanda, Pennsylvania, in Bradford County. Marker is on Queens Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 469 Queens Road, Towanda PA 18848, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Asylum (approx. 0.8 miles away); Azilum (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sullivan's March (approx. one mile away); Camptown Races (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sullivan Expedition
Asylum Marker (<i>detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
2. Asylum Marker (detail)

Virtue, Liberty and Independence
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Lime Hill (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Battle of Lime Hill (approx. 1.4 miles away); Limehill Battlefield / Joseph Elliott (approx. 1.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Nobles in the Wilderness: The Story of French Azilum.
During the French Revolution, French aristocrats fled the extraordinary and prolonged violence in their country and came to the wilderness of present day Bradford County, Pennsylvania. (Submitted on November 15, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Flee or face the Guillotine!.
This was the simple choice for loyalists of French King Louis XVI in 1793. And so it was that dozens of refugees came to this place called French Azilum on a horseshoe bend along the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania. (Submitted on November 15, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. A French Asylum on the Susquehanna River.
When northern Pennsylvania was Indian country this place was known as Missicum-the "Meadows." The settlers who moved into the valley from Connecticut called it Standing Stone, after the monolithic stone shaft that rises high out of the river bed near the western bank, a landmark from time immemorial. But to a little group of exiles who stepped ashore at this remote spot in the late fall of the year 1793, it was a haven far removed
French Azilum Historic Site Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
3. French Azilum Historic Site Entrance
from the dangers of revolution, imprisonment, slave insurrections, and yellow fever. To them it was Azilum-a place of refuge. (Submitted on November 15, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
French Azilum image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
4. French Azilum
French Azilum image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
5. French Azilum
French Azilum image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
6. French Azilum
French Azilum image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
7. French Azilum
French Azilum image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
8. French Azilum
French Azilum (<i>LaPorte House 1836</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
9. French Azilum (LaPorte House 1836)
French Azilum (<i>Garden & Maze</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
10. French Azilum (Garden & Maze)
French Azilum (<i>from Marie Antionette Overlook</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
11. French Azilum (from Marie Antionette Overlook)
French Azilum (<i>panorama from Marie Antionette Overlook</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
12. French Azilum (panorama from Marie Antionette Overlook)
French Azilum (<i>from Marie Antionette Overlook</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2004
13. French Azilum (from Marie Antionette Overlook)
 
 
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