Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 40°04′50″N 75°15′19″W / 40.08056°N 75.25528°W / 40.08056; -75.25528
Lafayette Hill
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Township Whitemarsh
Elevation 259 ft (78.9 m)
Coordinates 40°04′50″N 75°15′19″W / 40.08056°N 75.25528°W / 40.08056; -75.25528
Population 2,174 (2,174 (2010))
Density 1 / sq mi (0.4 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code 610
Location of Lafayette Hill in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States
Website: http://www.plymouthwhitemarsh.com

Lafayette Hill is a small unincorporated community in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Lafayette Hill is located just west of Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill neighborhood, and south of Plymouth Meeting. Lafayette Hill draws its name from the French General Marquis de Lafayette, who stayed there during the American Revolution.

Prior to general decampment from Valley Forge in the spring of 1778, George Washington dispatched an estimated 2200 troops under the command of Marquis de Lafayette to act as a defensive screen and to conduct reconnaissance of the British army, which had garrisoned in Philadelphia for the winter. The two forces had a brief engagement at nearby Barren Hill.

Lafayette Hill is a generally affluent area with many parks and nature reserves. It is also home to a prominent Jewish community. Additionally, it is a commuter town, as many individuals travel to Philadelphia for work everyday. Its main transit system is SEPTA.

Lafayette Hill is served by the Colonial School District. Some famous individuals from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania include: Terrence Howard, John Salmons, and Da'Rel Scott.