Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
LaFayette Visits Augusta
This is the site of the old Planter's Hotel, which was burned in 1839. There the Marquis de LaFayette was entertained during his visit to Augusta in March 1825. LaFayette landed at Savannah on March 19th and traveled to Augusta with Governor Troup a few days later. Arriving on the steamboat "Altamaha", LaFayette was greeted by a great procession of musicians, soldiers, clergymen, and citizens, who accompanied him into the city and to the Planter`s Hotel, where apartments had been prepared for him. The next day, Mayor William Holt formally welcomed the Marquis at the City Hall. The festivities planned in honor of LaFayette were even more lavish than those enjoyed by General Washington when he visited the city in 1791. An elaborate banquet and ball climaxed his visit. LaFayette left Augusta on Friday, March 25th, and with Governor Troup journeyed on to Milledgeville. The reverence which the people of Augusta felt for this most beloved American ally is relfected in a toast proposed at the banquet: "A man whose sovereignty is above that of kings - LaFayette who reigns in the hearts of the whole people."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Patriots & Patriotism. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, the Georgia Historical Society, and the Lafayette’s Farewell Tour series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1825.
Location. 33° 28.631′ N, 81° 58.101′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is at the intersection of Jones Street and McArtan Street on Jones Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paine College Founding Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Augusta Common - 1736 (about 700 feet away); General James Edward Oglethorpe (about 800 feet away); Fort Grierson (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Brown (Plaza) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonial Augusta (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Edward Oglethorpe (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jessye Norman (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Also see . . . Marquis de Lafayette in Georgia. New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry:
Accompanied by his son, his secretary, and Governor Troup, Lafayette traveled up the Savannah River by steamboat and arrived in Augusta on March 23. He extended his overnight stay there by an additional day to (Submitted on September 10, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,440 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 4. submitted on November 7, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.