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Lafayette Hotel

  • Corner of Hay and Donaldson Streets
  • Fayetteville, NC 28301
  • (800) 255-8217
  • Overview

    Hours: Daily before dusk, exterior view only.

    On this site stood the first Lafayette Hotel, built by Robert Donaldson in 1824 and was completed in time for Lafayette's visit in March 1825. It was a Georgian brick structure; three and a half stories high, with a hipped roof, and dormer windows. A glass transom and sidelights framed the main entrance on Hay Street. On the evening of March 4, 1825, a large ball was held in Lafayette's honor at this newly completed hotel, where the rooms had been decorated with evergreens and flowers. In the late afternoon of March 5, a farewell dinner was held here for Lafayette. The bronze marker is on the building facing Donaldson Street.