This community arose where the Old Buffalo Trail, later known as La Bahia Road, crossed the Colorado River. Developed in 1831, the city became the seat of Fayette County in 1837. The county and town are said to be named by early settlers for their hometown and county in Tennessee, which was named for General Lafayette and his home in France. The "Historic Oak" on the north side of the square was a muster point for men in six conflicts.
La Grange is a Texas Main Street City. Downtown includes the 1890s courthouse designed by J. Reily Gordon, the old county jail (which now houses a visitor center and museum), the 1886 MKT Depot, historical markers, walking tours and the 1885 St. James Episcopal Church.
The city is a point on the Texas Independence Trail and Texas Settlement Trail. For information and a map, contact the chamber of commerce.
Czech, German, antique and cabin-style bed-and-breakfast accommodations are available. The town is known for its bakeries specializing in kolaches.