Fayette County was established in 1824 and named in honor of Marquis de Lafayette, a French general and statesman. The county seat is Somerville. Historically, the economy of Fayette County has been on agricultural production. In addition, the entire town of LaGrange, named for Lafayette’s ancestral home, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The county is home to the Wolf River Wildlife Management Area and the Ghost River State National Area. The best known outdoors event of the county is the National Field Trials for bird dogs that has been held annually since 1903 on the historic Ames Plantation. For more information regarding Fayette County, please go to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture website.