Lafayette County is located on the edge of the Florida panhandle west of Lake City. This doorway to the panhandle is home to around 8,900 people, and is the second least populous in the state. The county seat is Mayo, which is the only incorporated town in the county.
Lafayette County was created in 1856 from Madison County. It is full of rich history, having been named after the French General, Marquis de Lafayette who aided the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The county is also home to the first suspension bridge in Florida which spans the historic Suwannee River on the county’s eastern border. The bridge was built in 1947 by Hal W. Adams, and was named the Hal W. Adams bridge in his honor.
The presence of the Suwannee River not only supplies the county with a vibrant history, but also with opportunities for recreation. Residents can visit the river to hike, fish, and row downstream. The peaceful waters of this river are the quiet haven for many citizens wishing to enjoy a quiet afternoon or weekend. The weather for these riverside expeditions is almost always mild and sunny.
Lafayette County is conveniently located with easy access to Lake City, Gainesville, and Tallahassee. Many residents work in neighboring counties and retreat to their homes in one of the charming unincorporated communities in Lafayette County. Those who live in this county find a unique and peaceful atmosphere that is a rare find even in the sunny state of Florida.