More Than a Tree (2)

What is It?
This item is a cross section of a tree with a label that reads:

“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.”

What does it commemorate?
This piece of tree commemorating Lafayette’s visit to Hopkinton suggests the importance of the visit to the people of New Hampshire. In the early part of the nineteenth century, the American nation was still in its infancy and conflicts between Federalists and Republicans left the United States fiercely divided.

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.

Who was the the Marquis de Lafayette?
The Marquis de Lafayette was a French General who served in America’s Continental Army during the American Revolution. He was considered to be instrumental in gaining French support for the American Revolution and hailed a military hero for his efforts in the war.

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.