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August 23 @ 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM

What: Reenactment of Lafayette’s visit to Providence

When: Friday, August 23, 2024 at 2PM

Where: Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main St. Providence, RI 02903


Free and open to the public.

The program will begin with a 19-gun salute by the United Train of Artillery and the Newport Artillery with cannons manufactured by Paul Revere. Lafayette will arrive in a horse and carriage. After the national anthems, Lafayette will meet city and state dignitaries and Stephen Olney (interpreted by Stephen Olney Almy, a direct descendant).

Captain Stephen Olney commanded a company in the Rhode Island Regiment. Stephen Olney’s and Alexander Hamilton’s troops served under Lafayette at Yorktown and captured Redoubt #10. When Lafayette arrived in Providence, he immediately recognized Stephen Olney and embraced him, bringing tears to the eyes of everyone in attendance.

The city and state proclamations will be presented followed by the speeches of Col. Carlisle and Tristam Burges. Col. Carlisle was the acting president of the Council and will be interpreted by Alan Head, President of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Tristam Burges (interpreted by Roy Lauth, current president of the Sons of the Revolution and honorary Colonel and member of the Kentish Guards fife and drum corps) was chief justice and elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1825.He was the great-great-uncle of Theodore Francis Green.

After the reading of the city of Newport’s invitation for the marquis to visit, Lafayette will review the troops and depart for Boston.

Thank you and vive Lafayette !!


During His Farewell Tour, Lafayette was in Rhode Island for only ONE DAY (August 23rd, 1824), but what an important day it was.

Mark your calendars! August 23rd, 1824 – Lafayette made a whirlwind single day, impactful stop in Rhode Island during his Farewell Tour.

The Lafayette Bicentennial In Rhode Island Committee is commemorating this historic preeminent moment with a day of activities that culminates with an evening dinner and ball at the Masonic Grand Lodge of Rhode Island.

Immerse yourself surrounded by history at the Masonic Lodge where special items will be on display such as Lafayette’s Masonic Apron and the jewel that Gen Nathanael Greene presented to the Marquis for his uniform.

It’s a must-attend for anyone who wants to experience history firsthand! Here’s a sample of what to expect:

The guest of the Nation: General Lafayette as portrayed by Mark Schneider will offer a historic greeting, lively conversation, and photo opportunities. ( He is also been known to dance with the guests!)

Wine AND Dine: Enjoy a magnifique French meal including Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq Au Vin, Ratatouille and more! Williamsburg Winery’s Limited Edition Lafayette wine will be available to indulge and raise your glasses to Lafayette!

Party with our guests of honor, two generations of Lafayette descendants! Virginie Bureaux de Busy-Dumottier de Lafayette and Héloïse and Adélaïde Barbier-Dumottier de Lafayette.
Meet and mingle with a descendant of Captain Stephen Olney, who served under Lafayette with Alexander Hamilton and stormed Redoubt 10. (They reunited again on August 23, 1824) We are honored to have Stephen Olney Almy at our event.

Dance like (and with) Lafayette: La Capricieuse will provide French folk and dance music to immerse you in the time period. (instruction for the dance steps will be provided ahead of the dances)
Period clothing is encouraged (or business or cocktail attire )

Social and cocktail hour: 6pm

French Dinner: 7pm

Music, Dancing, and Entertainment: 8 – 10pm

Where: Masonic Grand Lodge of Rhode Island, 222 Taunton Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914

Celebrate history in style! This unforgettable evening includes food, drinks, and entertainment for just $150 per person.

You can register for this once-in-a-lifetime event by clicking: HERE

The price of your ticket is helping us educate Rhode Islanders about Lafayette by defraying the cost of a FREE event earlier that day…



August 23
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Roger Williams National Memorial
282 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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