The Lafayette House in Foxboro, Massachusetts was erected in 1784. It was originally an inn, located along a busy stagecoach route. It now stands just down the road from Gillette Stadium along Route 1 - but not for long.
Despite its 136 year history and cherished reputation in the community, The Lafayette House permanently closed its doors this month, a victim of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials say the building has been approved for demolition.
The website still bears this now-tragic passage:
"Many restaurants are here today, gone tomorrow.
Fortunately, the Lafayette House, founded in 1784,
continues its well-earned tradition of fine dining
The town’s historical commission was unable to save the Lafayette House after a records search found that most of the original building had been altered over the years.
The fine dining restaurant opted to close during the initial panic of the COVID-19 pandemic. While they initially adjusted their business plans to include curbside takeout, patio dining, etc., the owners of the Lafayette House eventually opted to close for good. The decision became all too final when they requested permission to raze the building.
The restaurant was established by Aaron Everett and originally called the Everett Inn. It was renamed the Lafayette House in tribute to the Marquis de Lafayette, a French military officer who fought in the American Revolution.
Lafayette was said to have spent the night at the former inn in 1825 after laying the cornerstone for a Boston monument to the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was waged in 1775.
Benjamin Franklin and George Washington are also believed to have dined and/or slept at the inn in its heyday.