he Consulate General of France in Boston has designed a Lafayette Trail that celebrates a unique slice of New England history – the 1824-1825 Farewell Tour of Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolutionary War.
The Trail, available on a Mobile APP, is a great way for residents and visitors re-trace one of the significant tours of a foreign dignitary in 19th century New England history.
French historian and geographer Julien Icher, who manages the Lafayette Trail Project, has been traveling throughout New England, researching and documenting each of Lafayette’s steps, focusing specifically on the major landmarks Lafayette visited, the local people he knew from his service during the Revolutionary War, and the various plaques and memorials to honor his visit.
French heritage and culture is very evident in Massachusetts today. The French Cultural Centre in Boston’s Back Bay provides an authentic French cultural and social experience, hosting lectures, concerts, festivals and educational courses throughout the year.
And in 2015, 98,000 French tourists visited Massachusetts, spending $300 million and contributing $12 million in state and local taxes, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.
Here is MOTT’s French-language version website visitmass.fr.
For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.