A Walking Tour of Lafayette Park in Washington, DC

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    Explore the Park in Front of the White House in Washington, DC

    Lafayette Park in Washington, DC
    ••• Lafayette Park in Washington, DC. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Lafayette Park, also referred to as Presidents Park or Lafayette Square, is a seven-acre public park located across from the White House in Washington, DC. The park is bounded by Jackson Place on the west, Madison Place on the east, and Pennsylvania Avenue. See a map.  It is a popular site for political protests and for visitors to take photographs of the White House. The park hosts five statues, four of foreign Revolutionary War heroes and one of President Andrew Jackson. Enjoy the following photos and learn more about the statues throughout the park.

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    Rochambeau Statue

    Rochambeau Statue
    ••• General Comte de Rochambeau. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Rochambeau statue, erected in 1902 at the southwest corner of Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, is a replica of an original sculpture created by French sculptor Fernand Hamar and unveiled in Vendôme, France. 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 along side with George Washington and the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

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    Lafayette Statue

    Lafayette Statue
    ••• Lafayette Statue. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    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.

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    Andrew Jackson Statue - Lafayette Park

    Andrew Jackson
    ••• Andrew Jackson Statue. Photo by Dion Hinchcliffe

    In the center of the 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 - Lafayette Park

    Kosciusko Statue
    ••• Kosciusko Statue. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    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 - Lafayette Park

    Von Steuben Statue
    ••• Von Steuben Statue. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Von Steuben Statue, located in the northwest corner of Lafayette Park in Washington, DC 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

    ••• Fountains at Lafayette Park. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Lafayette Park is a seven-acre park in front of the White House with fountains and beautiful trees. It is a nice place to sit on a park bench and take in the view.

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    Lafayette Park in Washington, DC

    ••• Lafayette Park in Washington, DC. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Lafayette Park is a special place to visit in Washington, DC. The seven-acre green space provides a prominent arena for public protests, ranger programs, and special events. Buildings surrounding the park include the White House, the Old Executive Office Building, the Department of the Treasury, Decatur House, Renwick Gallery, The White House Historical Association, Hay-Adams Hotel and The Department of Veterans Affairs.