Clayton Travel Guide

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Clayton Overview

Clayton is a pleasant small town of about 3000 (a little over double the population in 2000) located a bit south of U. S. Highway 82 at the intersection of Alabama Highways 30, 51 and 239 in Barbour County in Southeast Alabama near the border with Georgia. Do not get to excited about the population growth, however, it is mostly due to them building a prison here. Clayton was established in 1818 and became the county seat of Barbour County in 1834. Clayton was named for Augustine S. Clayton a jurist and politician. Famous people with ties to Clayton include former governor George Wallace who began his legal and political career here, Katherine Jackson (best known as Michael Jackson's mom), and various members of the Clayton Family who became soldiers and politicians. Barbour County was established in 1832 and was named for James Barbour the governor of Virginia. The first county seat of Barbour County was Louisville but one year later it was moved to Clayton due to its central location. By the 1870s, however, Eufaula had far surpassed Clayton as the major town in the county and many supported moving the county seat there. In a compromise, the Alabama Legislature made both towns the county seat and Barbour County has had two county courthouses ever since.

Clayton has a very nice little historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There are four locations in Clayton listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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