Montgomery, Alabama, April 3, 1825: Walter and Eliza Lucas, owners of the Lucas Tavern on the Federal Road at Line Creek, got the surprise of their lives, late yesterday, when the revered Revolutionary War hero, Marquis de Lafayette of France, who is on a grand tour of America as a “Guest of this Nation,” stopped by their humble tavern 15 miles east of here “to dine and spend the night.” Lafayette is due in Montgomery within the next two days.
With Walter being away, Eliza had virtually no time to prepare for such a well-known, heroic visitor, yesterday. But, despite the short notice, reportedly, the Lucas Tavern was “done-up better than it ever had been or likely ever will be again.”
The Lafayette tour arrived at the tavern late in the afternoon. The travelers were rushed for time, totally behind schedule, and bone tired– simply too weary to travel on to Montgomery, last night.