In a previous post, I wrote about the return voyage of l’Hermione, the Frigate of Freedom, that delivered the young Marquis de Lafayette in 1780 to General Washington with full French aid. Well… it’s not exactly a return voyage since the ship is a replica, but it’s an authentically reconstructed one, 17 years in the re-making. After sailing 3,819 miles across the Atlantic, she’s about to land in Yorktown, just like Lafayette did 235 years. Her next stop after that is Mount Vernon and Alexandria, both in Virginia. While she isn’t docking in Old Town until June 10th, the city is already rolling out the red carpet and building up the excitement with a Lafayette in Alexandria Day May 31st. From 1-5PM, Alexandria museums will be open to the public free of charge, including: the Carlyle House Historic Park, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Alexandria’s Archaeology Museum, the Lyceum, Alexandria History Museum, the Friendship Firehouse Museum, Alexandria’s Black History Museum and Lee-Fendall House Museum. Lafayette himself, well, at least a replica, will be visiting guests throughout the day too!
In addition to Lafayette in Alexandria Day, there’s a couple of other events and cultural happenings going on in both Alexandria and Washington to celebrate Lafayette and the Hermione.
FRENCH MOVIE NIGHT AT FONTAINE CAFFE & CREPERIE
The adorable creperie Fontaine Caffe (119 South Royal Street) will screen the hilarious French film La Chevre on June 11 at 7PM. The screening is actually part of their ongoing French movie night every Thursday which includes the following awesome films: Chinese Puzzle on 6/4, L’Auberge Espagnole on 6/25 and the Dinner Game on 7/23. Try their gluten free buckwheat flour crepes when you’re there.
TOUR THE TALL SHIP