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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!
A piece of Lafayette-traveled Federal Road
Nine Days Traveling
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Before Lafayette Arrived Here;
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Nine Days Traveling
Author: Lawrence Krumenaker
Size: 150 pages; 8.5 x 11 inches
(c) 2020 Hermograph Press LLC, Opelika, AL
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.
Masonic Lodge, in Perdue Hill, formerly in Claiborne. Lafayette gave a speech here.
Alabama Public Radio WTSU, Dr. Krumenaker talks about Lafayette in Montgomery, 9.5 minutes, 8.5Mb mp3 In Focus, July 1, 2020
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"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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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
TBD, Book signing at Maxwell AFB PX.
July 8, Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile, AL
February 18, Opelika Rotary Club, Saugahatchee Country Club.
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