Fayette County, Georgia, has a rich history. It was established on May 15, 1821, and named after Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, European settlers arrived in the early 19th century. The county's economy thrived on agriculture, particularly cotton, corn, and tobacco. During the Civil War, Fayette County experienced battles and conflicts. After the war, it underwent Reconstruction and diversified its industries. The 20th century brought growth, with improved transportation and suburbanization. Today, Fayette County is a blend of suburban and rural communities, attracting residents seeking a suburban lifestyle near Atlanta. It also serves as a popular location for film and television production.