Lafayette’s 1825 Tour In The Greater Western New York Region – Part I

The Revolutionary War produced many heroes, not all of them American. This is the story of one of them, a Frenchman who joined the cause as a mere teenager. Do you know who he is? Click the link below for this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report and discover someone about Lafayette they didn’t teach you in school.

Julien Icher, founder and president of Lafayette Trail, Inc., has been busy planting roadside markers all along the trail Lafayette took in his 1824/1825 American tour. He tells us about Lafayette’s background before coming to America, then recounts his Revolutionary War accomplishments. Along the way, we learn about his bond with George Washington and the beginnings of his tour of America in advance of the 50th anniversary of our country’s founding.

In the show’s second half, Icher provides details of Lafayette’s first leg through the Greater Western New York Region. He starts with Fredonia, picks up a steamboat in Dunkirk, lands in Buffalo, travels to Black Rock, moves on to Niagara Falls, and then heads to Lockport, where this first part of our two-part series breaks off.

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