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Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lafayette

The Beginning of Tourism in the United States

 
 
Lafayette Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 7, 2009
1. Lafayette Marker
Inscription.
Lafayette
Landed at this point, May 25, 1825
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Returning in 1824 to the young Nation he had greatly assisted during the Revolutionary War, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquess de la Fayette embarked on an unprecedented and triumphal Tour of the United States which lasted 1½ years. In early 1825 he left New Orleans by boat landing at Marietta on May 25, 1825 stopping overnight at the residence of Nahum Ward. From Marietta, Lafayette proceeded to Pittsburgh then overland to Boston where he dedicated and laid the cornerstone of Bunker Hill Monument in Boston on June 17, 1825. Lafayette arrived in France in October 1825 and was received with great honor in the Court of Charles X at Versailles. (See picture in Hotel Lafayette Lobby). Marietta was founded in 1788 and named in honor of the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette (1755-1795).
 
Erected 1959 by S. Durward Hoag, Innkeeper.
 
Location. 39° 24.625′ N, 81° 27.132′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of West Ohio Street and Front Street, on the left when traveling west on West Ohio Street.
Lafayette Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 7, 2009
2. Lafayette Marker
View of this historical marker in the left foreground and the Lafayette Hotel in the right background.
Touch for map. This historical marker is located in downtown Marietta, Ohio, very near where the Muskingum River empties into the Ohio River. The marker is located along a walkway that extends along the crest of the high banks overlooking the Ohio river and is situated on the eastern edge of a small parking lot that extends along West Ohio Street, between Front Street to the east and Post Street to the west. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta OH 45750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S. Durward Hoag (here, next to this marker); Southern Boundary Picketed Point (here, next to this marker); Shipbuilding (a few steps from this marker); The Public Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ohio River’s Wild Side (within shouting distance of this marker); Marietta’s Historic Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Marietta (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forty-Eight Pioneers (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
 
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Lafayette Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington
3. Lafayette Hotel
View of the southeastern corner of the Lafayette Hotel.
Historical Flood Mark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington
4. Historical Flood Mark Marker
View of the flood markers, high up on the front outside wall of the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta. The upper marker indicates the crest of the March 1913 flood. The lower that of the January, 1937 flood.
General the Marquis de Lafayette image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
5. General the Marquis de Lafayette
This portrait of Lafayette by an unknown American Artist hangs in the Museum of the Historical Society of Maryland in Baltimore.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 760 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   3. submitted on July 12, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4. submitted on July 11, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   5. submitted on November 7, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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