Clay County

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Clay County is named for Henry Clay, who was an American statesman, U.S. Senator and Congressman from Kentucky 1806-1852, U.S. Secretary of State 1825-1829, three times Speaker of the House and three times candidate for president.


Created:  February 16, 1854

County Seat: 

Fort Gaines  1854 – present


County Courthouse – Fort Gaines 


Location:  210 Washington Street South / Hartford Road

Built:  1871 – 1873

Style:  Italianate Renaissance Revival and Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Fort Gaines. The west front has a small portico with balcony on the second story and supported by two brick pillars. The building was renovated in 1939 by the Works Project Administration.


History:  The courthouse is the first and only courthouse erected in the county. The building is the oldest courthouse still in use in Georgia.



N – Quitman County

E – Randolph County and Calhoun County

S – Early County

W – Henry County. Alabama 




County Courthouse – Fort Gaines
















Photos taken 2009