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.
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, more than 50 total
historical sites, and over ninety photographs! Revisit 1825…today!
Don Noble, Tuscaloosa News, June 6, 2021
‘Lawrence Krumenaker, in “Nine Days Traveling”,…..has meticulously traced every step Lafayette took and has written out a plan whereby we can follow the same route, but by car,…..Now that we are able to move freely about, following Lafayette around Alabama might be great fun for the historically minded.” Also on Don Noble’s Book Reviews on Alabama Public Radio June 15, 2021.
“Fantastic work!” – Chuck Schwam, Treasurer, American Friends of Lafayette, February 2020