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York, Pennsylvania: Lafayette's Historic Toast

Sidewalk statue of a foppish Marquis de La Fayette toasting General Washington, outside the tavern where he did it in 1778, an act that some say saved the future first President from being fired.

157 W. Market St., York, PA
On the sidewalk in front of the Golden Plough Tavern. Downtown, on the north side of PA-462/W. Market St., one block east of the bridge across Codorus Creek.
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Statue of Marquis de Lafayette.

Statue of Marquis de Lafayette

The exaggerated and colorful bronze statue of Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, the famous French aristocrat/major general in the American Revolutionary War and a key figure in the French Revolution, raises a toast to George Washington. The statue stands in front of The Golden Plough Tavern, connected to General Horatio Gate's House by a common kitchen.

It was here where Lafayette raised a glass to honor his commander, George Washington, affirming France's support of Gen. Washington and ending Conway's Cabal, a little-known plot to replace Washington as commander-in-chief of the Army with Gen. Gates during the American Revolution.

[GV, 09/10/2020]
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