This city on the Texas Pioneer Trail (Texas 159) was formed by three families of Stephen F. Austin's Old 300 settlers. They were later joined by Germans, Czechs and other immigrants. The city had several names: Wadis Post Office, Alexander's Voting Place and Lick Skillet (supposedly given by settlers who arrived late for festive occasions to find nothing to eat unless they wanted to "lick the skillet"). The community was officially named by Philip J. Shaver, who laid out the town, for his birthplace in Fayetteville, N.C.
The 1880 precinct house in town square, with the old jail on the second floor, was built by Fayette County residents to avoid trips to the county courthouse in La Grange. Its Seth Thomas tower clock chimes on the hour and half-hour.
Music has long been an important part of everyday life here, and the annual Lickskillet Days Festival (in October), Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival and Texas Pickin' Park continue that tradition. The city also is a favorite spot for cyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts. Bed-and-breakfasts and guest cottages are available.