Clayton, Alabama

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Clayton is a town in and the county seat of Barbour County, Alabama, United States. The population was 1,475 at the 2000 census.[1]



Clayton has been the county seat since 1834, two years after the creation of Barbour County.[2]

George C. Wallace was born outside of Clayton and began his legal and political career here.

The Grace Episcopal Church and a building formerly known as the Miller-Martin Townhouse are on the National Register of Historic Places.[3][4] The latter building, built by John H. Miller in 1859, is privately owned. The unique architectural designed Octagon House, the only antebellum house of this architecture in the area,[5][6] is open for public viewing my appointment. It is owned by the town and used for special functions.The famous Whiskey Bottle Tombstone is located in the Clayton cemetery.[7][8]


Clayton is located at 31°52'39.014" North, 85°26'56.486" West (31.877504, -85.449024).[9]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14 km2), all of which is land.[10]


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 1,475 people, 593 households, and 393 families residing in the town.[1] The population density was 270.5 inhabitants per square mile (104.4 /km2). There were 704 housing units at an average density of 129.1 per square mile (49.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 63.93% Black or African American, 34.85% White, 0.20% Native American, 0.41% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[1]

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