AFL ANNUAL MEETING 2021

June 10-13th



Friend of Lafayette!

We have planned a FANTASTIC event for AFL members. We have arranged for new tours and experiences for AFL members to enjoy.  This is certainly not your typical Virginia Tidewater event. As you will notice when perusing the itinerary, most events have an outdoor element to them as we continue to navigate current pandemic conditions.   We will NOT be providing motor coaches or buses as driving your own cars would be a safer scenario.  The itinerary below provides detailed addresses and parking directions.

Our registration fee for the annual meeting is $250.  This includes, three lunches, two dinners, a welcome reception, four guided tours and four guest speakers.  An unbelievable value for a weekend packed with education and entertainment. 

So, how do I register?

  • 1.      Reply to the recent email sent to members indicating that you will be attending.  Please provide the names of the attendees in your party.
  • 2.      Mail your $250 (per person) registration check made out to the American Friends of Lafayette to:

Chuck Schwam

302 Hart Road

Gaithersburg, MD 20878

  • 3.      For those who have sent their registration for West Point (I have a list), I am happy to apply that registration payment towards this meeting.   West Point will be the site of our meeting in 2022 (June 9th to 12th).
  • 4.      Arrange for your own hotel accommodations if needed.  There will be no official hotel for this year’s meeting.  Staying in the Williamsburg, Yorktown or Gloucester areas will keep you within an easy drive of all events. 
  • 5.      Please hurry since…

REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 10th

Many thanks to Abbey Evans, Bill Cole, Lea Gryk, Mark Schneider, Robert, and Bob Kelly for helping me provide you with what could be our best AFL meeting ever.  Here is the itinerary (judge for yourself):

Thursday, June 10th

7:00PM- Welcome Reception at the Riverwalk Restaurant

Located at 323 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690

Parking Deck located at 330 Water St, Yorktown, VA 23690

We have reserved indoor and outdoor spaces at the Riverwalk Restaurant for our Welcome Reception.  Although this is not a dinner event, we will serve French wine, coffee, tea, and dessert.  AFL members will have a chance to socialize and enjoy our guest speaker Michael Moore.  Mr. Moore is a renowned, local historian who will lecture on The French Connection in Yorktown

Friday, June 10th

9:00AM - AFL Business Meeting at the Gloucester Colonial Courthouse

Located at 6509 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia 23061

Parking: Gloucester Museum of History, 6539 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia

Free on-street parking with additional spots along Carriage Court (next to museum).

In a break with tradition, the AFL business meeting will take place early in the weekend at The Colonial Courthouse.  The Colonial Courthouse was built in 1766 and is one of the oldest Courthouses in the country still in use.

If you have ever attended an AFL business meeting, you’ll know that it’s an entertaining, informative and lively affair.  This is where all members gather and discuss the future of our dynamic organization. 

11:15AM – Lafayette Escadrille lecture at the Gloucester Colonial Courthouse

Located at 6509 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia 23061

Parking: Gloucester Museum of History, 6539 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia

Free on-street parking with additional spots along Carriage Court (next to museum).

Author Mark Trapp will discus (sell and sign) his book, A Destiny of Undying Greatness: Kiffin Rockwell and the Boys Who Remembered Lafayette. 

During the first two and a half years of World War I, the example of Kiffin Rockwell and other idealistic American boys fighting for France shone like a beacon across the Atlantic Ocean.  These young Americans were intent on paying what they saw as their debt to Lafayette.  Their noble deeds and unbelievable courage drew the attention of the world and helped galvanize their countrymen to action. Eventually, more than a million U.S. soldiers would cross the Atlantic to help save France. All of them followed in the footsteps of Kiffin Rockwell.


12:00PM Lunch – Courtcircle, museum porch, and tables next to museum

Located at 6509 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia 23061

Parking: Gloucester Museum of History, 6539 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia

Free on-street parking with additional spots along Carriage Court (next to museum).

We will provide gourmet boxed lunches from the ever-popular Sweet Tooth Café.


12:45PM - Gloucester Museum of History Guided Tour

Located at 6509 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia 23061

Parking: Gloucester Museum of History, 6539 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia

Free on-street parking with additional spots along Carriage Court (next to museum).


AFL Vice President (and historian extraordinaire) Robert Kelly will lead us on a private tour of the Gloucester Museum of History.  The tour includes…

  • Museum 1st floor (T.C. Walker exhibit)
  • Second floor (History of museum building – colonial tavern/hotel)
  • Basement (Agricultural and daffodil industry history)
  • Court circle and Civil War sites
  • Colonial Courthouse, Visitor Center, and Werowocomoco exhibit
  • Battle of the Hook

 

2:45PM - Explore Main Street on your own.

Located at 6509 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia 23061

Parking: Gloucester Museum of History, 6539 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia

Free on-street parking with additional spots along Carriage Court (next to museum).

From antiques to women’s boutiques, you can come browse and find what you are looking for at the more than two dozen retail stores on Main Street.  Gloucester Village entrepreneurs and boutique shop owners are ready to help you find something for yourself … and someone else.

Enjoy locally brewed beer at the Gloucester Brewing Company (6778 Main Street, Gloucester, Virginia 23061).


6:30 PM – AFL Annual Banquet at the Yorktown Freight Shed

Located at 331 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690

Parking Deck located at 330 Water St, Yorktown, VA 23690

On the bank of the York River, with the Lafayette Statue looking over us, the American Friends of Lafayette will hold its annual banquet at the swanky Yorktown Freight Shed.   This will be an indoor/outdoor “hybrid” event like our reception the evening before.  We will start with a cocktail hour and then have dinner under an elegant tent with views of the York River.  Dinner will have a southern theme as we celebrate the food of Tidewater Virginia. 

Our keynote speaker will be none other than Colonial Williamsburg’s historian and interpreter Mark Schneider.  Mark will delve into the complicated relationship between Lafayette and Napoleon. 

Saturday, June 11th


9:00AM – Outdoor Tour of Suffolk Virginia

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, 100 E Constance Rd, Suffolk, VA

Free parking on Premises

AFL member Bill Cole has done significant research regarding Lafayette’s time in this part of Virginia.  This research has given birth to a travelogue that will be distributed to AFL members for the drive to our first destination this morning.  This travelogue will provide members with a driving tour of Lafayette-related and other historical sites.  The 45-minute tour starts at the end of the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel and finishes at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront. 

To enjoy the travelogue at your leisure, you may want to leave the Williamsburg/Yorktown area at 7:30am (check your GPS) so that at…

At 9am we will meet at Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront where we will be provided with an outdoor walking tour of Historic Suffolk.  This tour will be given by distinguished historian Sue Woodward.   We will see Julien Icher’s Lafayette Trail Marker along with other Lafayette-related sites such as Riddicks Folly and the site of the Castle Inn.  We will also see the historic courthouse there.


10:30 AM – Outdoor Tour of the Village of Historic Somerton

Located at 8442 Arthur Drive, Suffolk, VA

Free parking on the street.

We will leave Suffolk at 10:00am and drive 20 minutes to the historic village of Somerton.  We will visit this small town just as Lafayette did during his farewell.  The earliest surviving building in Somerton is the former Washington Smith Ordinary, where Lafayette was feted during his farewell tour.  We will see this home from the outside.


12:00PM (Noon) – Lunch at Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, 100 E Constance Rd, Suffolk, VA 2

Parking on Premises

We will lunch on the outdoor veranda of this hotel with spectacular views of the Nansemond River.


1:30PM – Walking Tour of Old Towne Portsmouth

Located at Lafayette Arch Park, 400 Crawford Street Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

Free parking at Middle Street Parking Garage, 441 Middle Street, Portsmouth, Virginia

*Our cars will stay here until 5:45pm

We will be given a Lafayette-inspired walking tour of Olde Town Portsmouth, led by Mary Veale and the Colonials.  They will show us places occupied or visited by Lafayette, Cornwallis, Benedict Arnold, James (Armistead) Lafayette, Mark Twain, and Andrew Jackson.  The tour will conclude at North Landing Ferry Dock, where…


3:00PM - North Landing Ferry Dock on Elizabeth River Ferry

We will ferry together (on foot) across the Elizabeth River and arrive at the Waterside Ferry Dock in Norfolk.  We will then walk to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum (10 min).


3:30PM- Tour of Hampton Roads Naval Museum

We will see an exhibit about the Battle of the Capes, arguably the most important event of the revolutionary war.   We will also tour the USS Wisconsin.

 

5:00PM- Depart Hampton Roads Naval Museum

We will walk to Waterside Ferry Dock (10 min) and cross back over to Portsmouth.

 

5:30PM - Gather at Lafayette Tablet

Located at 200 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia (on foot)


We will see a tablet that was placed in 1892 to commemorate Lafayette’s visit to Portsmouth.

 

5:40PM - Walk back to Middle Street Parking Garage (to our cars)

Located 441 Middle Street at Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

Depart Portsmouth, Virginia

 

7:30PM – Dinner at the historic Hornsby House Inn

Located at 702 Main St, Yorktown, VA

Plenty of parking available in a large lot next to door (on the left when facing the house).

 

We will dine at the Historic Hornsby House Inn situated directly across from the Yorktown Monument.  AFL members will be feted with a French themed dinner in another hybrid scenario (inside/outside).  This stylish and important home will be the scene of a wonderful evening where AFL members will dine under the stars.

 

Sunday, June 13th


8:00AM –Walking Tour of Colonial Williamsburg (Lafayette and the French)

Located at Bruton Parish Church 201 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg

 Plenty of parking lots at Colonial Williamsburg's Merchants Square (5-minute walk)

 

Abbey Evans and Mark Schneider will lead a guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg, emphasizing sites associated with Lafayette, Rochambeau, and the French Army’s time there.  We will meet at Colonial Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish Church.  This church is a National Historic Landmark and a well-preserved example of colonial religious architecture.  First built in 1674, the current structure was built in 1715.

 

11:30AM –Lunch at Shields Tavern

 Located at 422 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA

 Last stop of our walking tour

 

Shields Tavern first opened in 1705, shortly after the Capitol building was completed. It operated under the name Marot’s Ordinary. Its owner at the time was a man by the name of John Marot. The tavern had a parlor, a second story, a wine cellar, a bar, a sundry goods shed, and even a garden room. Its prime location (in downtown Williamsburg) and size made it a popular place for locals to eat, socialize and hold business meetings. Weary travelers would book rooms and lodge at the well-furnished Shields Tavern.  It is at this setting that AFL members will enjoy a 18th-century meal (our last meal together of the weekend).

We hope to see you there!


Copyright The American Friends of Lafayette 2016
"The American Friends of Lafayette" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Mail correspondence to: 302 Hart Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Email: americanfriendsoflafayette@gmail.com

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