Please see route change for Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd
On Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd, due to the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, stops 3, the National Archives and stop 16, the Newseum and the National Gallery of Art will be closed all day on both days. Both of these stops and the BBQ Battle are easily accessible from stop # 1, the Washington Welcome Center. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Lafayette Park

lafayette park in Washington DC

Just across the street from the White House

Lafayette Park is a public park that was once named “President’s Park”. The square and the historic buildings surrounding it became National Historic Landmarks in 1970. In its past, Lafayette Park had many uses including serving as a race track, a graveyard, a zoo, slave market and the site for many political protests and celebrations. Most who visit are immediately drawn to the various large statues in the park.

In the center stands an equestrian statue of President Andrew Jackson, erected in 1853, and in the four corners are statues of Revolutionary War heroes: France’s General Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette, Major General Comte Jean de Rochambeau, Poland’s General Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and Prussia’s Major General Baron Frederich Wilhelm von Steuben.

The neighborhood that borders the park is also a place many visitors enjoy touring through. It was the city’s most prestigious residential area in the 18th century because of the people that resided there including Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William Henry Seward and South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun.

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