Maysville in Mason County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
La Fayette's Visit to Maysville
Fish Street Landing
—May 21, 1825 —
On May 21, 1825, during a third, triumphal, visit to America, the Marquis de la Fayette, 67, visited Maysville. In appreciation for his services on General Washington's staff, and a commander of American troops, the town rolled out the red carpet and Revolutionary War veterans paraded. Local artist Aaron Corwine painted his portrait as he boated from Cincinnati.
Erected 1998 by Maysville-Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce, Limestone Economic Development, Inc.
Location. 38° 38.874′ N, 83° 45.738′ W. Marker is in Maysville, Kentucky, in Mason County. Marker can be reached from East McDonald Parkway 0.1 miles west of Limestone Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 East McDonald Parkway, Maysville KY 41056, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Limestone Landing (here, next to this marker); Front Street Maysville, 1850 (a few steps from this marker); Underground Rail Road (a few steps from this marker); Buffalo Trace (a few steps from this marker); Maysville River Front 1900 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky / John Colter (ca. 1775-1813) (within shouting distance of this marker); Mason County Spy Company (within shouting distance of this marker); John Samuel Darrough / Medal of Honor Recipient (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maysville.
Regarding La Fayette's Visit to Maysville. On May 21st 1825, General LaFayette, his son, Colonel George Washington LaFayette, and the Governor of Ohio reached Maysville on the steamer Herald.
The reception tendered this great visitor was one of the most colorful celebrations ever held on Maysville soil.
The General was met at the foot of Fish Street (now known as Wall Street) by the Committee of Reception:
– Major Charles Pelham
– Reverend John T. Edgar
– Captain Maurice Langhorne
– Johnson Armstrong
– James Morrison
– W.B. Phillips
– William Murphy
– John Sumrall
– John Armstrong
and John Chambers, Francis Taylor and Dr. J.N. Taliaferro of Washington. Landed at the decorated wharf, LaFayette was greeted by a mad throng. Carpets, given by John Armstrong, a wealthy merchant of Maysville, lined the grade leading to what is now Front Street.
Categories. • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 1, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.