Clay County

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Clay County is named for Henry Clay, who was an American statesman, United States 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:  March 29, 1858

County Seat: 

Clay  1858 – present


Old County Courthouse – Clay


Location:  225 Main Street / Locust Street

Built:  1902 – 1903

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Frank L Packard

Contractor:  L C Tyree


 Description:  The building faces south and is a two story yellow colored brick and stone structure. The building sits on a hill overlooking Main Street. The south front has a projecting center section with central entrance flanked by two columns on either side and with a small peaked roof above. On the second story are arched windows. On the center of the roof is a white open cupola with white dome. The roof is hipped. The base of the building is rock-face limestone. During construction, the superintendent was J W Garcelon.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old Clay County Courthouse


County Courthouse – Clay




Location:  246 Main Street / Locust Street

Built:  1977 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  R L Wilson – Jerry Goff, Associated Architects

Contractor:  Carl E Stephens Construction Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story light orange colored brick , concrete and glass structure. The building faces north and was completed in 1978. The north front has a large porch with wide arches and recessed glass entrance. There are no windows on the east, south or west sides. The roof line is flat.



N – Braxton County

E – Nicholas County

S – Fayette County and Kanawha County

W – Kanawha County, Roane County and Calhoun County





























Photos taken 2012