Hermograph’s Guide Books to Lafayette’s Tours of Georgia and Alabama

Lafayette’s 1825 Tour,
Today’s Historical Road Trips

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 were Alabama and Georgia. He spent thirteen days in Georgia and nine days traveling in Alabama from the Savannah to 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 follow the route today?


A Modern View – Why Take a Look at Lafayette and his Journey?

The bicentennial of this French-born but yet most-beloved American hero’s trip to and around the early United States lasts 13 months, starting in August 2024, and ending in September 2025.

His Grand Tour had three parts:

(1) Primarily meeting and celebrating a Welcoming Round of patriotic events in New England and the Middle Atlantic States, from Virginia to Massachusetts, following his arrival at Staten Island, New York in August;

(2) A Circle Tour, around the States, visiting the remaining original southern colonies including Georgia that became the first states, then going along the Gulf Coast — starting with Alabama–up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, then East along the Ohio River, with a side trip on land to Nashville to see Andrew Jackson, to Pennsylvania to complete the land circumnavigation via New York (viewing the Erie Canal) and Massachusetts, arriving with two days to spare to help lay the foundation stone for the Bunker Hill Monument, celebrating the first pitched battle with the British, in 1775, 50 years earlier. Hermograph’s From River to River and Nine Days Traveling guide you to every stop along the way.

(3) A Farewell Round of patriotic events that ended with a dinner on his birthday that September following a speech to a joint session of Congress, the day before he left to return to France. On the voyage home, he took boxes of American soil with him in which, nearly a decade later, he was buried with in a cemetery in Paris.

The 68-year-old Lafayette was more than a patriot and national hero. He was also now an explorer, perhaps the first person to visit all 24 states in existence at that time. His manservant’s book became the first tome to give a hard look at the various states, especially new states west of the Appalachian Mountains, and looks at personages, various Indian tribes, Blacks (not yet African-Americans or even known then as Blacks!) and slavery, and then-latest technologies, such a steamboats.

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THIS BICENTENNIAL COINCIDES WITH THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY (THE SEMIQUINCENTENNIAL!) OF THE START OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, A NATIONAL CELEBRATION. AMONG THE MANY THINGS ONE CAN DO IS FOLLOW THE GRAND TOUR OF THIS MOST HEROIC FRENCH-AMERICAN AND STAND WHERE HE STOOD AND SEE WHAT HE SAW, AND WOULD SEE TODAY!

TWO BOOKS TO FOLLOW LAFAYETTE ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST

Nine Days Traveling (Alabama)
The Bicentennial Edition is available!

From River to River (Georgia)
Expected Shipping ~June 10, 2024


Author: Lawrence Krumenaker
ISBN 978-1-930876-15-6

(c) 2024 Hermograph Press LLC, Opelika, AL
Language: English
Paperback, full color, perfect binding.

Paperback, full color, perfect binding.Nine Days Traveling affords the modern reader a chance to see Alabama (and to a degree, the USA) through earlier eyes and then visit the same sites and compare them with today’s views. It also retraces the Federal Road from the Chattahoochee River to Montgomery.

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First Edition Nine Days Traveling Closeout Sale in Progress!
Get the remainders at a discount, or with the Author’s Signature!
Author: Lawrence Krumenaker
ISBN 978-1-930876-16-3

Expected Publication, ~June 10, 2024

(c) 2024 Hermograph Press LLC, Opelika, AL
Language: English
Paperback, full color, perfect binding.

From River to River affords the modern reader a chance to see Georgia (and to a degree, the USA) through earlier eyes and then visit the same sites and compare them with today’s views. Plus it retraces the routes of the Old River Road, the Milledgeville Stage Road, and the Federal Road in Georgia.

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

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Where to Next?

Take a Look at Nine Days Traveling Online!

Take a look at From River to River!
About Lafayette, BrieflyTimeline of Lafayette in Alabama

Timeline of Lafayette in Georgia
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