Lafayette Exhibit

York County Historical Museum
301 Main Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
United States 301 Main Street Yorktown 23690

The Marquis de Lafayette was one of the heroes of the American Revolution and was with Washington here in Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis, October 19, 1781!  After the Yorktown campaign, he returned to France, became embroiled in the French Revolution, was imprisoned for more than five years, was released, and was then entertained in the United States like a rock star, at the invitation of President James Monroe, on his visit Aug. 15, 1824 - Sept. 7, 1825.

The American Friends of Lafayette, the Celebrate Yorktown Committee of the Yorktown Foundation, and many individuals and groups throughout the country and the world raised the funds to commission the creation of a statue of Lafayette for Riverwalk Landing here in Yorktown to join statues of Washington and de Grasse. The dedication of this statue will take place on Oct. 18, at Riverwalk Landing.

Everyone is invited.  The places and dates of each of the three parts of the free exhibition are:

York County Library-Yorktown October 2-30

York County Historical Museum October 8 -31

Gallery at York Hall October 10-23 

Each exhibit is open during regular business hours and features unique items including ceramics, documents, newspapers, books, currency, and other commemorative items. Items vary in age from late 18th to mid-20th century.  Each item has a brief descriptive text stating the name of the item, its age, its maker, and its relationship to Lafayette's life and career as it connects to the American story and particularly to Yorktown.