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In late 1825, during a six-month tour of the U.S., the Marquis de Lafayette visited Murfreesboro, Raleigh, and Fayetteville, the first American town named for him. He was given a hero's welcome for his service during the Revolutionary War.
On January 27, the Murfreesboro Historical Association will host the Lafayette Ball to commemorate a festivity that was planned for 1825 but never took place in its entirety. The Marquis de Lafayette had been invited by Congress to return to the United States in recognition of his status as the last surviving general of the American Revolution. Lafayette accepted, and after a six month sojourn in Washington D.C., he commenced his southern tour, heading into North Carolina for a dinner and ball at Murfreesboro. Rains slowed travel and the party arrived at such a late hour that only dinner was served and the ball was never held.