Clay County

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Clay County is named for Henry Clay, who was Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Monroe County, Kentucky, Cumberland County, Kentucky and Clinton County, Kentucky

E – Pickett County and Overton County

S – Overton County and Jackson County

W – Macon County


Created:  June 24, 1870                         Map of Tennessee highlighting Clay County

County Seat: 

Butler’s Landing  1870 – 1871

Celina                  1871 – present


Old County Courthouse – Celina  


Location:  139 East Lake Avenue / Main Street

Built:  1872 – 1873

Style:  Federal

Architect:  D L Dow of Cookeville.

Contractor:  D L Dow of Cookeville.


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Celina. The south front has a central arched entrance with large arched window on the second story. On the center of the roof is a square white colored wood cupola with steep roof. The building has a concrete foundation and the roof is hipped. In the interior, wooden stairs ascend to the courtroom located on the second story which has a balconcy on the south side,


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Clay County Courthouse


County Courthouse – Celina  




Location:  143 Cordell Hull Drive

Built:  1972 – 1973

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Celina to the northwest of the courthouse. The building is a senior citizens residence with the county offices and courtroom on the southwest side of the building. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County Criminal Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 13th Judicial District. 


See:  The 13th Judicial District includes Cumberland CountyDeKalb County, Overton County, Pickett CountyPutnam County and White County.


History: The county was created in 1870 and Butler’s Landing was selected as the county seat. The first court met in Butler’s Landing. In 1872, the county seat was moved to Celina. The first courthouse was built in 1872 to 1874 at a cost of $9,999. During the construction of the courthouse, David Buchanan, F M Buchanan and W C Garrett were the carpenters who assisted D L Dow. The second and present courthouse is the seniors residence constructed in 1972 to 1973.




Old County Courthouse – Celina








































County Courthouse – Celina










Photos taken 2014 and 2018