Lafayette - A city full of history
AREA: 576 acres POPULATION: 3,969 INCORPORATED: 1878 FOUNDER: Joel Perkins NAME: Named after french aristocrat Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette, a general in the American Revolution.
Lafayette began life as a trading and agricultural center, providing supplies sent to the California goldfields, and a steamboat landing. Today, it serves largely as a bedroom community, but has established itself as a regional center for antiques.
Notable past residents included suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway, who taught school in Lafayette in the 1850s, and U.S. District Judge Matthew Deady, who practiced law and taught in Lafayette prior to his election to the Legislature in 1850.
Two Yamhill County Historical Society museum buildings are in Yamhill: The Poling Memorial Church, a graceful building constructed in 1892, and the Miller Log Cabin, which includes the Ruth Stoller Research Library.
Also of interest is Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, located a couple miles north of Lafayette on Abbey Road. The monastery is famous for its lush forested property, impressive services and its income-generating enterprises such as book binding and delicious baked goods — don’t leave without a Trappist Abbey fruitcake!