Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wake Wednesday - General Lafayette's Visit in 1825

I am returning to Reminiscences of Grandmother Mary Ann Towles in Wake Treasures, Volume 1, number 4, Winter 1991, p15, for this vivid remembrance of General LaFayette's visit to Wake County in 1825. Can you imagine what an attraction his visit must have been?

Mary Ann's memory in her words:
I was eight years old when General LaFAYETTE visited Raleigh and everyone went to see him. Uncle carried (m)y brother and me. It was a proud day for me when he shook hands with me, and laying his hand on my head, said, “God bless you.” 

"Portrait of the Marquis de Lafayette." Image courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
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 You can read more on General Lafayette's journey thru Wake County and the rest of NC at NCpedia.

If you want to see some artifacts and other first hand accounts of General Lafayett's trip, visit the Little House Museum in Rolesville. Contact the museum for more info.


Journal access is a great perk of your Wake County Genealogical Society membership and a handy tool for those researching in Wake County remotely. Members have 24/7 access to the Journal. With 20 plus years of content, you will likely find the surnames and place names you are researching. Access the Journal issues directly in the Member Area after log-in.

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