Lafayette Township is located in Northeast Ohio’s Medina County, part of the Cleveland/Akron metropolitan area. Situated immediately southwest of the city of Medina, the county seat, Lafayette Township features excellent roads and ready access to a wide array of shopping venues and conveniences while retaining a relaxed and rural flavor. It borders the following townships:
- York Township - North
- Medina Township - Northeast
- Montville Township - East
- Guilford Township - Southeast corner
- Westfield Township - South
- Harrisville Township - Southwest corner
- Chatham Township - West
- Litchfield Township - Northwest corner
Lafayette Township’s first permanent settler was William Bisset who built his log cabin here in 1825. Located near the center of Medina County, the township was organized in 1832. The township was named after Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman who had aided the American colonies in the cause of Independence.
The Township enjoys a mix of rural areas, including working farms, newer residential communities, parklands, and commercial and recreational areas.
Lafayette Township is only a few minutes from major interstates, including I-71 and I-76, providing easy commutes to Cleveland (30 miles) and Akron (25 miles).
From the familiar national department stores to boutique shops in a historic area, family restaurants, to eclectic cuisine, to fine dining – they can all be found just moments from Lafayette.
Lafayette Township has developed a Technology Park, featuring the Medina County University Center affiliated with the University of Akron. The University Center brings together a unique blend of traditional college coursework and workforce development programs customized according to the demands of local students and businesses.
The Township boasts the largest natural lake in Ohio – the historic and scenic Chippewa Lake, which is preserved as part of the Medina County Park District. Chippewa Lake was created some 14,000 years ago by the melting of massive glacial ice sheets as they retreated north.