History of Clay County, GeorgiaClay was named for the famous statesman Henry Clay.  The population for Clay in 2002 was approximately 3,300.  TheFt. Gaines - City Hall county seat is Ft. Gaines.  The cities and towns are Ft. Gaines and Bluffton. Bluffton has a population of a little over 115 people in 2002, and Ft. Gaines has around 1100.  Ft. Gaines is one of the oldest surviving towns in the state, and the only frontier fort inLog Corn Crib, Fort Gaines, GA. Georgia that has survived as an incorporated municipality.  You can read a history narrative  of Ft. Gaines, take a guided tour and get a close look at the Frontier Village of original buildings from the 1800s.   Elizabeth Stuart Dill who was captured and held hostage by Indians after the War of 1812, is one of the county's interesting historical figures. Forced to accompany the Indians on their raids, she was able to gather a lot of paper money that the Indians had deemed useless and save it by pinning it to her petticoats. When rescued, she returned with her loot to Fort Gaines and built the Dill House, which is now a Bed and Breakfast.  Ft. Gaines CourthouseWalter 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.Lake George  Among the beautiful items in Clay County -- Lake George. 

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I have included as much as I can in the above, I would love it if someone could take pictures (digital) or otherwise and send to me for placement on this site.  I will provide credit for the photos.  I would love some holiday scenes of the parade and main streets, city hall, etc. along with any scenery, in other words, I want to build a beautiful gallery of photos for Clay County.  Email me:  ltlbit@mindspring.com

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