Location of Fayetteville in Texas
Fayetteville is a city in Fayette County, Texas, roughly halfway betweenAustin and Houston. The population was 274 at the 2010 census.
The town is about twelve miles east of La Grange and U.S. Highway 77; it is about twelve miles north of Borden and Interstate 10.
Fayetteville's first immigrant settlers were the families headed by John Crier, James Cummins, and James J. Ross three of the Old Three Hundred. The settlement began at the location of a stagecoach stop on an old road between San Felipe and Bastrop.
Even though Fayette County was named after General Lafayette, a Revolutionary War hero (initially Marquis de Lafayette until June 1790, when he permanently renounced both the nobility and aristocratic titles"), however, the community become Fayetteville in honor of someone else. According to the Handbook of Texas, in 1844 the community was named after the North Carolina birthplace of a prominent citizen of the time, who had surveyed the community, named its streets, and donated lots for theFayetteville Academy and the town's multidenominational Union Church.
Fayetteville was incorporated in 1882.
The town made national news during World War I. As reprinted by Stars and Stripes in its March 15, 1918 issue, the town's mayor, W. C. Langlotz, and ten of the town's citizens were charged with espionage. They were arrested following the display of the flag of the German Empire over the entry of the Germania club in Fayetteville. The group pleaded "not guilty": the mayor said the flag had been displayed by mistake.