Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

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Lafayette Hill
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montgomery
Township Whitemarsh, Springfield
Elevation 259 ft (78.9 m)
Coordinates 40°04′50″N 75°15′19″W / 40.08056°N 75.25528°W / 40.08056; -75.25528Coordinates: 40°04′50″N 75°15′19″W / 40.08056°N 75.25528°W / 40.08056; -75.25528
Population 2,174 (2,174 (2010))
Density 1/sq mi (0.4/km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19444
Area code 610 and 484
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
Location of Lafayette Hill in Pennsylvania
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania is located in the US
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
Location of Lafayette Hill in Pennsylvania
Website: www.plymouthwhitemarsh.com

Lafayette Hill is a small unincorporated community in primarily Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A small part of it is in Springfield Township.

Lafayette Hill is located just west of Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill neighborhood, and south of Plymouth Meeting. Lafayette Hill draws its name from the French General Marquis de Lafayette, who stayed there during the American Revolution.

Prior to general decampment from Valley Forge in the spring of 1778, George Washington dispatched an estimated 2200 troops under the command of Marquis de Lafayette to act as a defensive screen and to conduct reconnaissance of the British army, which had garrisoned in Philadelphia for the winter. The two forces had a brief engagement at nearby Barren Hill.

Lafayette Hill is an affluent area with many parks and nature reserves, it is also home to a prominent Jewish community. Additionally, it is a commuter town, as many individuals travel to Philadelphia for work every day, its main transit system is SEPTA.

Lafayette Hill is also home to the Barren Hill Volunteer Fire Company which is one of the oldest fire companies in the immediate area since its inception in 1915. The Barren Hill Fire Company is one of two fire companies that currently serve whitemarsh township; the other being The Spring Mill Fire Company. The fire company was founded after a fire destroyed a farm along with several livestock in 1915. Currently Barren Hill Fire Company has roughly 400-500 calls for service each year, their firehouse is located on 641 Germantown Pike where the current firehouse was constructed in 1977.

Lafayette Hill is served by the Colonial School District, some famous individuals from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania include: Terrence Howard, John Salmons, Da'Rel Scott, Brad Furman, Reece Whitley, Minturn Wright (author of Birds of the World: Recommended English Names), and formerly Allen Iverson.