Lafayette County, Florida

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Lafayette County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 7,022. It is the second least populated county in the state, having one more resident, according to the 2000 census, than Liberty County, Florida. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 7,773 [1]. Its county seat is Mayo, Florida. Lafayette County is a prohibition or entirely dry county. [2]. Lafayette is pronounced locally as "la fay et" or "la fet", not laf ee et.



Lafayette County was created December 23, 1856 from part of Madison County, and included at the time what is now both Lafayette and Dixie Counties. Lafayette County was named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French citizen who rendered assistance to the colonies during 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 moved to Mayo from New Troy in 1893, and Mayo is currently Lafayette's only incorporated town. In 1921 the lower part of the county was carved off to create Dixie County.

Historic sites

Historic sites in Lafayette County include:

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