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Stop 04: Town House (Market House)

  • Intersection of Person and Hay Streets, with Green and Gillespie Streets
  • Fayetteville, NC 28301
  • (800) 255-8217
  • Overview

    Lafayette was escorted from the Clarendon Bridge to the Town House, which stood at this site. From a stage erected for the occasion, Lafayette addressed the citizens of Fayetteville. The various military units formed lines on each side of the street, and Lafayette's carriage passed between them amidst the discharge of artillery. This was an appropriate site to receive Lafayette; for in 1789, within the walls of the Town House (then known as the State House), North Carolina had ratified the Constitution of the United States. From the Town House Lafayette was escorted to his place of lodging at the State Banking House. This site is now referred to as the Market House and the bronze marker can be found underneath towards the back on one of the pillars nearest Person Street.

    Hours: Daily before dusk, exterior view only.

    Next Stop: Make almost a complete circle to Gillespie Street. Turn right and continue on Gillespie until you get to Franklin Street. The State Banking House is on your right.

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