FREEHOLD, NJ - The Monmouth County Historical Association will hold its Annual Meeting and Lecture on Tuesday evening, January 25 at the Taylor-Butler House, 127 Kings Highway, in Middletown.  The brief business meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., to be followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend and admission is free.

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Marquis de Lafayette, as portrayed by Loic Barnieu of the American Historical Theatre.

Our special guest speaker will be the Marquis de Lafayette, as portrayed by Loic Barnieu of the American Historical Theatre.  The Marquis will speak about his experience in the American Revolutionary War, particularly at the Battle of Monmouth, and his long-standing friendship with George Washington.  The heir to one of the greatest fortunes in France, young Lafayette came to America with a passion for freedom and a desire to volunteer for the Continental Army.  His loyalty to General Washington and his extraordinary contributions to the American cause earned him respect here and in his native France.

A sword from the Historical Association’s collections with a significant historical connection to the Battle of Monmouth and to Lafayette will be on display for the Marquis’ visit.  The sword was taken by an American soldier from British Colonel Henry Monckton after he was killed in battle.  The soldier then presented it to Lafayette.  Years later when Lafayette returned to visit America in 1824, he gave the sword back to the family of the soldier who had captured it.  A descendant bequeathed the sword to the Monmouth County Historical Association in 1954.

Please call the Historical Association at 732-462-1466 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if you plan to attend.  Parking is available at nearby Middletown Village School.  Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

The Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The MCHA’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold, New Jersey.  Museum hours are: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is open Wednesday through Saturday.  For membership or admission fees and further information, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit our web site at www.monmouthhistory.org.

The Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.