Often called the “Queen City of the Highlands,” LaFayette is the county seat of Walker County and boasts a rich Native American, Civil War and African American history.
Nestled between Northwest Georgia’s picturesque mountains, the city is two hours from Atlanta and Knoxville, TN, and about 30 miles from Chattanooga.
The county, established in 1835 and named after former U.S. Sen. Freeman Walker, an attorney from Augusta, was formed from a portion of Murray County.
After the U.S. government passed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, the state opened the land for white settlement in a land lottery. Cherokee Indians who previously inhabited the region were housed in series of camps in preparation for their forced removal on the Trail of Tears. A monument marks the site of Fort Cumming in LaFayette, which was one of these camps.
Chattooga Academy is next to the Marsh House, a classic Greek Revival antebellum home.
Today, LaFayette has nearly 7,000 residents.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs designated the city as an official Main Street Community in 2007. The city government and LaFayette Downtown Development Authority administer the Main Street program, which promotes downtown revitalization through historic preservation, promotional activities, business recruitment and retention, building improvements and organizational activities. The program has received national accreditation every year since 2006 by meeting National Trust for Historic Preservation standards.
The city is 30 minutes from Interstates 59, 24, and 75, and is served by the Chattooga & Chickamauga Railway Co., which provided freight services over two rail lines, one from Chattanooga to Lyerly, GA, and the other from Chattanooga to Hedges, GA.
The city operates and airport that can accomodate general aircraft up to and including small business jets. The city owns and industrial district, as well as water, sewerage, electric and natural gas utilities.
Hutcheson Medical Center operates an after-hours emergency medical care clinic in LaFayette. The hospital, which is in Fort Oglethorpe, is 19 miles north of downtown LaFayette on U.S. 27.
Residents and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy any sites within a short distance of the city, including Rock City Gardens, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, Pigeon Mountain, and Chattahoochee National Forest.