Located in Walworth County, LaFayette is a town of nearly 2,500 located just north of Lake Geneva. LaFayette contains the unincorporated community of Bowers, as well as a portion of the unincorporated community of Abells Corners.
The first settlers in Walworth County arrived at Geneva Lake in the 1830s. In the mid-1830s, Christopher Payne built a log cabin, dam and mill in Geneva Lake, and officially became the county’s first settler. The county was officially created in 1838, and was named in honor of Judge Reuben Hyde Walworth, the president of the New York State Temperance Society. There were initially five towns, and in 1846 the number became 17, and LaFayette became a part of the county.
LaFayette residents enjoy the Walworth County Fair, which is the largest county fair in the state held annually in the nearby town of Elkhorn. For nearly a century, neighboring Elkhorn has been known as the “Christmas Card Town,” due to the elaborate Christmas decorations placed in the city center every holiday season. It is marked by a celebration which draws residents from across the county and features local artists, who create watercolors for Christmas cards.
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