Lafayette, Madison County, Ohio

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Lafayette, Ohio
Unincorporated community
Lafayette, Ohio is located in Ohio
Lafayette, Ohio
Lafayette, Ohio
Location of Lafayette, Ohio
Coordinates: 39°56′15″N 83°24′24″W / 39.93750°N 83.40667°W / 39.93750; -83.40667
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Madison
Elevation[1] 1,010 ft (308 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 43140
Area code(s) 740
GNIS feature ID 1064959[1]

Lafayette is a census-designated place in the center of Deer Creek Township, Madison County, Ohio, United States.[2] It is located at 39°56′15″N 83°24′24″W / 39.93750°N 83.40667°W / 39.93750; -83.40667Coordinates: 39°56′15″N 83°24′24″W / 39.93750°N 83.40667°W / 39.93750; -83.40667,[3] along U.S. Route 40, just west of its intersection with U.S. Route 42.[4]



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.[5] In 1816, Angus Ross opened Lawrenceville's first and only tavern. The Lawrenceville Post Office was established on July 2, 1825.[6] In 1836-7, the National Road was completed through the township, missing Lawrenceville, and the town immediately began to die.[5] By 1915, the original community was nothing more than pasture land, with no signs left to indicate there was ever a community.[5]


Lafayette was laid out on October 1, 1834, by William Minter, and named in honor of Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette.[5] On December 31, 1836, the Lawenceville Post Office was moved to Lafayette, and renamed Lafayette Post Office,[6] with John Minter as the first postmaster of the new branch.[5] As of 1875, the community contained one drug store, one dry goods and grocery store, and one blacksmith shop.[7] The post office was discontinued on December 31, 1905, with mail service going through the London branch.[6] As of 1915, the community contained three general stores and one blacksmith shop.[5]


The population of Lafayette was 160 in 1875,[7] and 75 in 1915.[5]