A Walking Tour of Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C.

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    Lafayette Park in Front of the White House in Washington, D.C.

    Lafayette Park in Washington, DC
    Rachel Cooper

    Lafayette Park, also known as Presidents Park or Lafayette Square, is a seven-acre public park located across from the White House in Washington, D.C. The green space provides a prominent arena for public protests, ranger programs, and special events. The park is bounded by Jackson Place on the west, Madison Place on the east, and Pennsylvania Avenue. It is a popular site for visitors who want to take photographs of the White House. The park is home to five statues, four of foreign Revolutionary War heroes and one of President Andrew Jackson. To see them all, take a walking tour through the entire park.

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    Rochambeau Statue

    Rochambeau Statue
    Rachel Cooper

    The Rochambeau statue, erected in 1902 at the southwest corner of Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., is a replica of an original sculpture created by French sculptor Fernand Hamar. It was unveiled in Vendôme, France before being moved to the United States. The statue of the American Revolutionary War hero, General Comte de Rochambeau, was intended to help solidify relations between the United States and France following the Spanish-American War. Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau (1725–1807), was the commander of the French army that fought alongside George Washington and the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

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    Lafayette Statue

    Lafayette Statue
    Rachel Cooper

    The seven-acre park across from the White House is named in honor of Marquis De Lafayette, the French General who befriended George Washington and fought in the Revolutionary War. The statue of Lafayette is located in the southeast corner of Lafayette Park. The park was named after this statue.

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    Andrew Jackson Statue

    President Andrew Jackson Statue -- Lafayette Park NW Washington (DC)
    Ron Cogswell/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    In the center of Lafayette Park is an equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans. Sculpted in 1853 by Clark Mill, it was the first statue of a person on horseback ever cast in the United States.

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    Kosciusko Statue

    General Taduesz Kosciuszko Statue
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    The statue of Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko (also known as Thaddeus Kosciusko) is located in the northeast corner of Lafayette Park. Kosciusko was a Polish Colonel who fought in the American Revolutionary War in the Continental Army.

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    Von Steuben Statue

    Von Steuben Statue
    Rachel Cooper

    The Von Steuben Statue, located in the northwest corner of Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., is in honor of Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a German army officer who served as inspector general and major general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

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    Fountains at Lafayette Park

    MALLARD DUCKS at the fountain in Lafayette Park
    Elvert Barnes/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    Lafayette Park is also home to an array of trickling fountains and shady tree groves. It is a nice place to sit on a park bench and take in the view. Some families come to picnic here in the summer months as well.

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    Sights Around Lafayette Park

    President's Park (The White House)
    National Park Service Digital Image Archives/Wikimedia Commons

    If you want to extend your tour of the area, make sure to check out the buildings surrounding Lafayette Park. These main sights include the White House, the Old Executive Office Building, the Department of the Treasury, Decatur House, Renwick Gallery, the White House Historical Association, the Hay-Adams Hotel and the Department of Veterans Affairs.