Photos Courtesy of Association Hermione-La Fayette and York County Local Government


On April 18 the Hermione set sail for the United States. The journey started from the mouth of the River Charente, in Port des Barques, where Lafayette boarded on March 10th, 1780. The Hermione arrived in Yorktown on the cloudy morning of Friday, June 5.  Following a welcome ceremony featuring speeches by York County's Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, The Honorable Thomas G. Shepperd, Virginia Governor The Honorable Terry McAuliffe, and France's Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal, the ship opened to free public deck tours.  Following three memorable days in Yorktown, the ship set sail at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 8, for the next stop at George Washington's Mt. Vernon.  From there, the ship traveled up the east coast of the United States. For more information about the other ports of call, visit

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