The county is named for the Marquis de Lafayette, Gilbert du Montier (his given name). He was instrumental in helping the colonists defeat the British in the Revolutuinary War, leading American forces to several victories.
The National Road, the first major east-west thoroughfare, runs from Cumberland, MD, through Wheeling, WV, Columbus, OH, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN and then through Vandalia (this county's seat) on its journey west.
Vandalia served as the first capital of Illinois from 1819 to 1839. It is located about 70 miles northeast of St Louis. Abraham Lincoln began his political career there.
The population on July 1, 1999, was 22,022, an increase of 1,129 over the 1990 census.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
Additional information is available at these pages:
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Greenville) Bond County
(Louisville) Clay County
(Carlyle) Clinton County
(Toledo) Cumberland County
(Effingham) Effingham County
(Vandalia) Fayette County
09/25 Coming to The Vandalia area
International Bar-B-Q Festival Owensboro KY May10-11 The Owensboro riverfront becomes a hub of activity when cooking teams gather to compete with their secret recipes for barbecue.
Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival Newburgh IN May17-18 There will be non stop jazz, wonderful wines, great food, and the opportunity to browse and purchase local art. All of this overlooking the beautiful Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park.
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Clay City Pottery Festival Clay City IN June8-9 The activities are centered around the pottery that is over 126 years old and still operated by the fourth generation of the founders of the pottery. Other events of interest are a craft show and sale, flea market, antique cars and farm equipment, area yard sales, and the annual quilt show organized by the Clay City Calico Quilters. There are also many food stands all around town.