Lafayette was originally founded as Chattooga in 1835, named after a French nobleman who fought in the Revolutionary War. The town itself is bordered by Foster Mill Rd, Broomtown Rd, and Hwy 193. It’s located about thirty miles from Chattanooga and main thoroughfares in the metro area, including I59, I24, and I75. Aside from its close proximity to Chattanooga, the city is only about two hours away from larger cities like Nashville, Atlanta, and Birmingham. Lafayette is a great community to consider for commuters to and from Chattanooga. It offers great schools, relatively low cost of living, and a shorter commute with less traffic than Ooltewah, a comparable Tennessee suburb of Chattanooga. View of the courthouse Lafayette is the seat of Walker County The town’s rich history also sets the tone for the housing inventory available in the area, and antebellum landmarks are a common site. Chattanooga Academy is one notable landmark, which is an antebellum plantation home constructed in 1836. Another notable structure is the Marsh House, which sits on the National Register of Historic Places. Lafayette hosts a notable historic district, with a sizeable amount of homes constructed at least one hundred years ago. In the city limits and county areas, you will find a variety of vernacular farmhouses, folk Victorians, and turn of the century Craftsman-style bungalows. Even though these old homes are scattered throughout the Lafayette area, you can find a concentration of older homes within the city limits—especially on E. Villanow St, North and South Chattanooga streets, and areas around Walnut Grove Road. If older homes aren’t your cup of tea, Lafayette has plenty of newer construction and mid-century ranch style homes in older established neighborhoods. Many of these homes come with a fair share of acreage, as Walker County is one of the least densely populated counties in the Chattanooga area.
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