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Celebrating Marquis de Lafayette in the Brandywine Valley

Updated: Aug 21, 2023


Historical interpreters, including Adrienne de Lafayette, portrayed by Alisa Dupuy (in photo), are featured during various events that are part of thirteen months of celebrations of Marquis de Lafayette. Other interpreters include Sons of American Revolution Color Guard and the Daughters of the American Revolution.


View American Friends of Lafayette's Bicentennial Celebration Teaser Video


Lafayette received lavish receptions in Chester and Delaware counties during his visit in 1824 and 1825. Several organizations are now working hard to celebrate Lafayette’s amazing life and his premier place in American history.


“The national bicentennial celebration of Lafayette’s grand tour of the country as our 'Nation’s Guest' will soon be upon us," said Bruce E. Mowday, chair of the Lafayette Bicentennial Lafayette Committee. "We wouldn’t have defeated the British during the American Revolution without France. And without Lafayette, we wouldn’t have received substantial support from France.”


Among the special happenings is the Lafayette in Art & History project created by artists Adrian Martinez, Karl J. Kuerner, and Shay Allen. Allen and Mowday have also published an illustrated book called Lafayette: America’s Young Hero and Guest. Mowday has previously published Lafayette at Brandywine: The Making of an American Hero.


Participating organizations include:

  • American Friends of Lafayette

  • Lafayette Bicentennial Brandywine Committee

  • Chester County 250th

  • Delaware County 250th

  • Friends of 1724 Chester Courthouse

  • Brandywine Battlefield Task Force

  • Brandywine Battlefield Park

  • Chadds Ford Historical Society

  • Chris Sanderson Museum

  • Chester County History Center

  • Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Sons of the American Revolution

  • Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard

  • The Masons

  • Painter Mansion at Radley Run

For more information and to follow the celebration by the Lafayette Bicentennial Brandywine Committee, see the Facebook Lafayette Bicentennial Brandywine Committee. For details about the American Friends of Lafayette, see https://lafayette200.org/ or contact Bruce E. Mowday, Chairman of the Lafayette Bicentennial Brandywine Committee, at mowday@mowday.com.


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