Place:Lafayette, Florida, United States

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Lafayette County is a county located in the state of Florida. In the 2010 census, its population was 8,870. It is the second least populous county in the state, with a few hundred more residents than Liberty County. The county seat is Mayo. Lafayette County is a prohibition or entirely dry county.

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History

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Lafayette County was created on December 23, 1856, from part of Madison County. At the time it comprised all the area of present-day Lafayette and Dixie counties. The County was named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French general who rendered assistance to the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. The famed Suwannee River forms the entire eastern boundary. The county courts first met at the home of Ariel Jones near Fayetteville. The county seat was New Troy until the court house burned down on New Year's Eve, 1892. It was moved to Mayo in 1893, and Mayo is currently Lafayette's only incorporated town. The moving of the courthouse was the end for New Troy. The Gainesville Sun states that houses were dismantled for their timber and bricks, hardwoods replaced the fields, steamboat traffic ended in 1899, and the ferry closed in 1917. In 1921 the lower part of the county was carved off to create Dixie County.

Historic sites

Historic sites in Lafayette County include:

Timeline

Date Event Source
1826 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1828 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1873 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1930 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 2,068
1870 1,783
1880 2,441
1890 3,686
1900 4,987
1910 6,710
1920 6,242
1930 4,361
1940 4,405
1950 3,440
1960 2,889
1970 2,892
1980 4,035
1990 5,578

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External links

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