“Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm Segerbloom of the P.E.A. piece of tree under which Lafayette stood when the people of the town of Hopkinton, N.C N.H. gave a reception for him.”
Lafayette’s visit not only honored the man who helped America to secure independence, but also reminded Americans that the nation is at its best when united in a common cause and that the differences dividing them were not as powerful as the ties that bind.
As the United States approached the jubilee celebrations commemorating the fifty-year anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Lafayette embarked on a farewell tour of the United States, stopping at hundreds of locations, including a visit to Hopkinton, New Hampshire. He was greeted at Wiggin’s Tavern and escorted by a procession to the town green where he was given a reception honoring him.