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Fredericksburg, 1824: The City and Its People

Speakers: Scott Walker and Barbra Anderson – local historians, researchers and guides

What did Fredericksburg look like when Lafayette came to visit in 1824?  What’s left of the city he visited then? We show you what city residents wore, what they ate, and what they did for fun. 

Scott Walker, a resident of Fredericksburg for over 50 years, has always been interested in the many aspects of the City’s history. Since retiring from Stafford Schools he has researched, preserved, and showcased all of these stories.

Barbra Anderson is the Events Coordinator for Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, and is an independent researcher. She has taught history at King George High School for 25 years.

Sponsors: Historical Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.


About Fredericksburg Lafayette Bicentennial Commemoration 2024:

Over the last two years, representatives of historic and civic organizations, city personnel, and historic-minded individuals researched documents, mapped out Lafayette’s original route, identified the venues that he visited, and formed a plan to honor this hero at the 200th anniversary of his 1824 Fredericksburg visit.

In the years following his Farewell Tour, public awareness of Lafayette’s important contribution has gradually faded. But in 1824, across the country, Lafayette held rock star status.

The goals of the Commemoration are to rekindle interest in Lafayette’s incredible life, to underscore Fredericksburg’s continuing relationship with “The Hero of Two Worlds,” and to foster gratitude for his contributions.

The Commemoration Committee has worked to create “an event like none other.” The Committee worked closely with the American Friends of Lafayette (AFL) to tie our programming to its own. For more information on other Lafayette Bicentennial events, visit here. 

See more information about the Fredericksburg Lafayette Bicentennial Commemoration 2024 here. 

Black and white hand-drawn bust image of Marquis de Lafayette. Text above image in an arch is Fredericksburg, VA and text below image arching up is 1824 Lafayette 2024. A black and white aerial photo of Fredericksburg is in the background
Event Details
Thursday, June 13, 2024
6:30pm - 8:00pm
CRRL - Fredericksburg
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA, USA