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Lafayette, Ohio
Looking westbound on U.S. Route 40 in Lafayette
Looking westbound on U.S. Route 40 in Lafayette
Lafayette, Madison County, Ohio is located in Ohio
Lafayette, Madison County, Ohio
Lafayette, Madison County, Ohio
Location in Ohio
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Madison
1,010 ft (308 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 740
GNIS feature ID 1064959

Lafayette is a census-designated place in the center of Deer Creek Township, Madison County, Ohio, United States. It is located at 39°56′15″N 83°24′24″W / 39.93750°N 83.40667°W / 39.93750; -83.40667, along U.S. Route 40, just west of its intersection with U.S. Route 42.



Lawrenceville (also known regionally as "Limerick") was laid out in 1816, by Thomas Gwynne, on land he owned 1.5 miles (2.4 km) northwest of where Lafayette is located today. In 1816, Angus Ross opened Lawrenceville's first and only tavern. The Lawrenceville Post Office was established on July 2, 1825. In 1836-7, the National Road was completed through the township, missing Lawrenceville, and the town immediately began to die. By 1915, the original community was nothing more than pasture land, with no signs left to indicate there was ever a community.


Lafayette was laid out on October 1, 1834, by William Minter, and named in honor of Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette. On December 31, 1836, the Lawenceville Post Office was moved to Lafayette, and renamed Lafayette Post Office, with John Minter as the first postmaster of the new branch. As of 1875, the community contained one drug store, one dry goods and grocery store, and one blacksmith shop. The post office was discontinued on December 31, 1905, with mail service going through the London branch. As of 1915, the community contained three general stores and one blacksmith shop.


The population of Lafayette was 160 in 1875, and 75 in 1915. As of the 2010 U.S. Census it is 202.

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