Clay County

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Clay County is named for Henry Clay, who was from Kentucky and who was a United States Representative, a United States Senator and Secretary of State.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cleburne County

E – Randolph County

S – Tallapoosa County and Coosa County

W – Talladega County 

 

Created:  December 7, 1866                                                      Map of Alabama highlighting Clay County

County Seat:

Ashland  1866 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ashland

 

Location:  25 Court Square / 1st Avenue

Built:  1903 – 1906

Style:  Italian Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Charles W Carlton

Contractor:  Harper & Barnes of Cleveland, Tennessee

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored colored brick,  stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Ashland. The south and north sides have projecting porticoes with three arches and recessed entrance on the first story, and with two columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story with pediment above. On each corner of the building is a round dome. On the center of the roof is an octagonal dome with clock, small cupola and statue of Justice at the top. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court and the County District Court of the 40th Judicial District.

 

History:  The county was created in 1866 and Ashland was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was a wood structure built in Ashland in 1867. The courthouse burned on December 18, 1875. The second courthouse was built in 1878. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1903 to 1906.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Ashland

 

 

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Photos taken 2010