Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 38° 53.967 W 077° 02.193
18S E 323394 N 4307589
Quick Description: Although Lafayette Square is a pleasant enough place to relax, with its statues and shade trees, most people come here to look at the White House across the street.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 11/1/2007 7:07:48 PM
Waymark Code: WM2GWC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 184

Long Description:

Lafayette Square was originally part of the White House grounds, but became separated from the Executive Mansion in 1804 when President Thomas Jefferson built Pennsylvania Avenue through the park. The park’s name was changed to Lafayette Square in 1824 to honor the Marquis de Lafayette.

In the park are five statues. The central statue, by Clark Mills, is identical to one in New Orleans. It was erected in 1853. The other statues, one at each corner of the square, were added later. Each one is of an action pose of a foreign participant in the Revolutionary War. From France, looking oh-so-detached, is the General Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette; also from France is Major General Comte Jean de Rochambeau, pointing the way south; from Poland is Thaddeus Koscuiszko; and from Prussia is Major General Baron Frederich Wilhelm von Steuben.

Over the years, the park has been used as a graveyard, slave market, zoo and a race track. It took its present form with landscaping performed in the 1930s. The square was designate a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

Name: Lafayette Square

Street Location: H Street, 15th Street and 17th Street

Local Municipality: National Park Service (District of Columbia)

State/Province, etc.: District of Columbia

Country: USA

Web Site: [Web Link]

Memorial/Commemoration: Commemorates the Marquis de Lafayette

Date Established: 1804

Picnic Facilities: None.

Recreational Facilities:

Monuments/Statues: Yes.

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Yes.

Fountains: No.

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: No.

Special Events: Not listed

Traditional Geocaches: Not listed

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