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County Formed February 16, 1854
County Seat Fort Gaines
Incorporated Cities Blufton and Fort Gaines
Total Area 217.225541 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 3357 to its current population estimate of 3102, the county has experienced a growth change of -255.

Named for Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky, Clay County was created in 1854. The county seat,

Fort Gaines, the county seat, was established in 1816 around a fort overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The fort was built by General Edmund Pendleton Gaines at the direction of General Andrew Jackson to protect settlers during the Creek Indian wars.

Until the development of the railroad in the 1850s, Fort Gaines was a hub of commerce and river traffic for merchants in Georgia and Alabama. It was known as the "Queen City of the Chattahoochee."

Points of Interest

The Clay County Courthouse, located in Fort Gaines, was completed in 1873. The building, which is still in use today, features a mixture of architectural styles, including Italian Renaissance revival, neoclassical revival, and Beaux-Arts classicism.

Bass fishing is a popular sport at Lake George, which was created in 1963.

Frontier Village in Fort Gaines is an unusual collection of log structures moved from locations throughout the county. It is located on the bluff 130 feet above the Chattahoochee. The entire city is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Other recreational facilities include the Meadowlinks 18-Hole Championship Golf Course.

Notable Citizens

Walter F. George, a notable Clay County resident, rose from tenant farmer beginnings to serve in the U.S. Senate from 1923 to 1956. President Eisenhower also appointed George to be his personal ambassador to NATO.

Annual Events

The County also hosts an annual "Punkin Chunkin" festival in which pumpkins are propelled massive distances using various mechanical means.

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Fort Gaines Bed & Breakfast Inn

Bass fishing at George Bagby State Park

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