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Nine Days Traveling

Lafayette's 1825 Alabama Tour, Today's Historical Road Trip

In 1824, President James Monroe invited the last surviving General from the Revolutionary War, the French-born Marquis de Lafayette, to return the United States to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Revolution.  Among the 24 states Lafayette visited in over 12 months was Alabama.  He spent nine days traveling from the Chattahoochee River, through the Creek Indian Nation along the Federal Road—arguably the first Interstate highway—to Montgomery, then down the Alabama River via the new, fast transportation, the steamboat, to tropical, and formerly French, Mobile, and Gulf Coast forts at Mobile Point. 

    The Bicentennial of Lafayette's Grand Tour is fast approaching!  If after 200 years Lafayette came back and traveled the route again, what would he see?  What would be different?  What would be the same? 


And how would you travel the route today?


Nine Days Traveling is your guide book to Lafayette’s Grand Tour of Alabama, with dozens of maps, including Lafayette walking tour maps for Fort Mitchell, Montgomery, Old Cahaba, Claiborne, and Mobile, more than 50 historical sites, 37 of which are directly related to Lafayette, visible Federal Road traces in Russell, Macon and Montgomery Counties, and over ninety photographs!  Revisit 1825...today!

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A piece of Lafayette-traveled Federal Road

A piece of Lafayette-traveled Federal Road

Nine Days Traveling

Table of Contents

Author’s Preface                        


Before Lafayette Arrived Here      

A Brief Biography of Lafayette; Alabama; ;From Creek and Georgian Territory to Statehood;  The Federal Road and the Alabama Steamboats;  Tying the Stories Together, 1825 + Today

Let’s Go!  But Wait...Before You Go…                            

Day 1—The Landing, to Crabtree’s                           

Day 2—From Crabtree’s to Big Warrior’s                      

Day 3—From Big Warrior’s to Lucas’ Tavern              

Day 4—Arrival and First Day in        Montgomery
Day 5—Second Day, and                    Departure from Montgomery

Day 6—Selma and Cahawba

Day 7—Claiborne

Day 8—To and in Mobile

Day 9—Mobile Point, and Gone

After Lafayette Left Alabama

Research Notes

Selected Sources

Recommendations for the Future

Tourism Information


About the Author



Read chapters 1-3 free!

Before Lafayette Arrived Here;
Let's Go! But Wait...Before You Go...;
Day 1--The Landing, to Crabtree's

  Nine Days Traveling Chapters 1-3 (PDF)
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Nine Days Traveling
Author: Lawrence Krumenaker
ISBN 978-1-930876-14-9
Size: 150 pages; 8.5 x 11 inches
(c) 2020 Hermograph Press LLC, Opelika, AL
Language: English
Paperback, full color, perfect binding.

Price: (US)$26.95 (+S/H and appropriate sales tax)

Lucas' Tavern, one of two buildings that Lafayette went to that still survive today.

Route map sample

Masonic Lodge, in Perdue Hill, formerly in Claiborne.  Lafayette gave a speech here.

Masonic Lodge, in Perdue Hill, once in Claiborne

SPECIAL LINKS!:  1 page Walking Tour Maps for Mobile    Montgomery       

Alabama Public Radio WTSU, Dr. Krumenaker talks about Lafayette in Montgomery, 9.5 minutes, 8.5Mb mp3 In Focus, July 1, 2020

Reviews and Testimonials:
"Fantastic work!" - Chuck Schwam, Treasurer, American Friends of Lafayette

REVIEWERS!  If you are a travel, history, or Alabama History journalist and want a copy for a book review, email books@hermograph.com, with some links to past articles and we will arrange to send you either a low-res PDF version of the book or a physical copy.

Retail Outlets

In Mobile, AL you can also find us at:
    The Haunted Book Shop, 109 Dauphin Street.
    Gift Shop of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 100 S. Water Street.
    Mobile Booksellers, 3990 Government Blvd.
    Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL (Baldwin County)
   The Gift Shop at Bellingrath Home and Gardens, Theodore, AL (S of the city)

In Orrville, AL (central AL south of Selma):
    Visitor Center, Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, 9518 Cahaba Road.

In Tuskegee, AL, buy our book at:
    The Tuskegee Museum and Visitor Center, 104 S. Elm.

In Fort Mitchell, AL (near Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL), the book is for sale at:
    Fort Mitchell National Historic Site Visitor Center, 561 AL-165.

Upcoming Book Talks and Presentations

July 18, Geneological Society of East Alabama, Museum of East Alabama

Postponed because of Coronavirus, to be rescheduled
   Book signing at Fort Benning PX.
   TBD, Oakleigh House, Mobile
, Book signing at Maxwell AFB PX.

Prior Presentations:

July 8,   Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile, AL
February 18, Opelika Rotary Club, Saugahatchee Country Club.

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