Fayetteville is a village of about 4,000 people in Onondaga County. It was settled in 1792 and named for the Marquis de Lafayette, whose name was often rendered in those days as La Fayette. A post office named Fayetteville was established in 1818, and the village was incorporated in 1844. Canal traffic and water-powered industries propelled its nineteenth-century economy; the many Greek Revival homes in Fayetteville’s historic district attest to the village’s prosperity in those days.
Suffrage leader and freethinker Matilda Joslyn Gage lived in one of those homes on Genesee Street. Though she died in Chicago, she is buried under a distinctive rough-hewn headstone in Fayetteville Cemetery.