The Lafayette Trail Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of France and the United States, raise awareness about Lafayette's critical contribution to the founding of the U.S., and document, map, and mark his footsteps during his fourth and last visit to his adopted land in 1824.
Our exclusive use of primary-source documentation allows us to tell historical facts apart from local lore. Newspaper account, personal diaries, or journal de voyage constitute excellent resources and are at the core of our historical methodology.
Information from research is digitized in a GIS software and is stored in a spatial database.
Data architecture serves the need of the mapping program from the moment digitized data enters the spatial database implemented.
When the website is ready, users can enjoy the results of our work, contribute and share ideas in accordance with the open-source spirit driving our endeavor.
I wish here to commend your strong engagement in favor of reinforcing the historical bonds of friendship that have united France and the United States and of which Lafayette is forever the emblematic symbol.
France can have no better representative in America than Julien Icher. He is open and accessible. He is articulate and hard working. These things Americans hold in highest esteem. Julien conveys authenticity effortlessly. He is a Frenchman who enjoys America, and Americans naturally reciprocate the enthusiasm. They want to befriend him and they want to know more about the country he represents.
Due to Julien’s efforts we will soon see historical signs along the trail marking Lafayette’s role as the first major French influence in the traditional friendship between France and the US - a fitting tribute as we approach the 200 th anniversary of Lafayette’s visit in 2024.
302 Hart Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878 US
+1 (603) 845 6929