On A Day Like Today: General Lafayette


General Lafayette was a French aristocrat and general who helped Americans in the Revolutionary War. He supported the colonists against the British. Lafayette died on a day like today, May 20th, 1834 when he was 76 years old.

He was born in the chateau pictured above, now converted into a very nice museum for visitors to learn where the famous general was born and raised. The Château de Chavaniac (or Château Lafayette) is a fortified manor house of eighteen rooms furnished in the Louis XIII style located in the Haute-Loire, in Auvergne, France. It has magnificent gardens for visitors to see and wander about.

He married Adrienne de La Fayette when he was 16 and she was 14, and remained married through Adrienne’s death in 1807. They had four children. Her biographies say Adrienne’s was a devoted wife who loved the Marquis of Lafayette despite his absences, mistresses, and his focus on government and the USA.

In 2002, the U.S. Congress gave Lafayette honorary American citizenship, and he remains a hero to the United States of America.

I visited the Château Musée Lafayette the winter of 2013. Even though it was winter, the gardens were showing glorious greens. The furniture and decorations at the residence are in great condition. This is a museum worth visiting because of its ties with US history but also because of its beauty. After visiting the museum, you may want to splurge and enjoy almost all varieties of cheese, dry sausages, pâtés, and other cured meats.

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