The Marquis de Lafayette Returns to Annapolis!On the weekend of February 8 and 9, Historic Annapolis will once again welcome the Marquis de Lafayette to Annapolis. Come meet the man who:
- Sailed to America in defiance of the King of France, on a boat procured with his own funds to aid the American Revolution.
- Served without pay as aide-de-camp for General Washington, on the recommendation of Benjamin Franklin.
- Was shot at Brandywine and honored by Washington for bravery, then wintered and trained soldiers at Valley Forge.
- Was pivotal in our victory over the British at Yorktown to secure American independence.
An Evening with the Marquis de Lafayette Friday, February 8
Join the Marquis de Lafayette for an intimate and exclusive evening. During a three course colonial meal, you’ll savor his favorite foods and share in his storytelling about his travels and experiences. During a pre-dinner reception and wine tasting, discover his extensive knowledge of fine wines. Don’t miss this opportunity to be transported back in time to feel, hear and taste what it would be like to spend an evening with the famous Frenchman.
Wine Tasting and Dinner
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$225 per person
Includes elegant hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting, 5x7 picture of you with the Marquis, copy of the book A Son and His Adoptive Father: The Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington and three course colonial meal.
7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.
$150 per person
This elegant evening will be held at the Maryland Inn, 16 Church Circle, Annapolis. Tickets are nonrefundable. For reservations click here or call 410-267-7619.
First-Person Interpreter WorkshopSaturday, February 9
This workshop is led by Mark Schneider, the Marquis de Lafayette, who has been performing as a historical interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg since 1997. Both novice and veteran interpreters are invited to enroll. Fundamentals including voice, posture, manner, and more will be addressed. While focused on 18th-century personages, all storytellers are welcome! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to spend a full day with your peers and “the Marquis de Lafayette.”
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
St. John's College
$75 general admission includes box lunch and a ticket to A Conversation with Marquis de Lafayette
For reservations, click here or call 410-267-7619.
A Conversation with the Marquis de LafayetteSaturday, February 9
Born September 6, 1757 into an ancient family of French warriors, the Marquis de Lafayette inherited an inclination for gallant adventures along with a vast estate. When the time came to prove his mettle, it was not at the service of France, but the rebellious American colony improvising a new government an ocean away. Just 19 years old and speaking only a few words of English when he presented himself in Philadelphia in 1776, his inauspicious entry into American history belied the monumental effect of his passion, instinctive skill, and connections. –Colonial Williamsburg
Join extraordinary interpreter and historian, Mark Schneider, for his amazing first person performance as the Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette will share his thoughts on the American Revolution, his extraordinary friendship with George Washington, and his triumphant return to Annapolis.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Key Auditorium, St. John's College
$20 general admission
$15 for Historic Annapolis Members and Volunteers
$10 for children under 17 and students (with a valid school id)
For reservations click here or call 410-267-7619.
The Marquis de Lafayette is made possible by the generous support of the Historic Inns of Annapolis and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.