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Stop 06: Lafayette Hotel

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

    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.

    Hours: Daily before dusk, exterior view only.

    Next Stop: Continue on Hay Street. The Fayetteville City Hall is located on your left.

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