Barbour County Alabama
Barbour County Alabama was established on December 18, 1832, from former Creek Indian homelands and a portion of Pike County. Between the years of 1763 and 1783 the area which is now Barbour County was part of the colony of British West Florida. After 1783 the region fell under the jurisdiction of the newly created United States of America.
Barbour County is in the southeastern part of the state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,457. Its county seat is Clayton.
Barbour County Alabama Cities
Clio is located in southwest Barbour County in the southeast corner of Alabama. Originally known as Adkinson’s Head, Clio got its first post office in 1860. By 1869, the town had been given its current name, which is the Latin spelling of Kleio, the Greek word for “to make famous.” By 1889, the Central of Georgia Railway Company had constructed and begun operating a line through Clio, which led to rapid growth of the town. Clio incorporated in 1890.
Eufaula is the largest city in Barbour County. As of the 2010 census the city’s population was 13,137. The town is home to the second largest historic district in the state, with more than 700 historic and architecturally significant structures. At one time situated on a bluff overlooking the Chattahoochee River, Eufaula now lies near the 45,000-acre Lake Eufaula, also known as the Walter F. George Reservoir, created by the construction of the Walter F. George Dam in 1963. Originally settled in 1816, Eufaula is now the most populous city in Barbour County.
Barbour County Alabama Towns
Bakerhill or Baker Hill is a town in Barbour County, near Eufaula. When first settled, the town was located approximately a mile southeast of its present site and was known as Chestnuttville. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the town had a population of 279. Although it existed as an unincorporated village since before 1860, the town was officially incorporated in 1997.
Bakerhill Alabama History
When first settled, the town was located approximately a mile southeast of its present site and was known as Chestnuttville, after local merchant Alpheus R. Chesnutt. The town was renamed Bakerhill in the mid-nineteenth century after the Baker family, who relocated to the area from South Carolina. Early industries in Bakerhill included turpentine production and bauxite mining for the aluminum-manufacturing industry. Bakerhill is written alternately as either one or two words in many early documents, but the one-word form is used on official documents and maps. The town incorporated in January 1997, soon after a poultry-processing plant opened nearby.
Source: Encyclopedia of Alabama
Bakerhill Alabama Events and Places of Interest
Source: Encyclopedia of Alabama
Blue Springs Alabama
Blue Springs is a town in Barbour County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 96. The town is the home of Blue Springs State Park. Blue Springs State Park is a 103-acre property along the West Fork Choctawhatchee River near the center of town. It features a spring pool, campground and picnicking.
Blue Reindeer Creek is a designated site of historical interest.
Clayton is a town in and the county seat of Barbour County. The population was 3,008 at the 2010 census, up from 1,475 in 2000.
Clayton has been the county seat since 1834, two years after the creation of Barbour County. Clayton is located geographically in the center of the county. The town was located at the headwaters of the Pea and Choctawhatchee rivers on the historic road from Hobdy’s Bridge over the Pea River to Eufaula on the Chattahoochee River.
Clayton has a rich heritage with four properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Clayton is also known for its Whiskey Bottle Tombstone.
During its early history, Clayton was home to several dry goods and mercantile stores, but it never surpassed the commercial importance of neighboring Eufaula.
Though largely untouched during the Civil War, the town was visited by a Union raiding party in April 1865 after the war had ended. The Union soldiers reportedly attempted to steal fresh horses, and several men in the town attempted to stop them. The skirmish ended with the deaths of one soldier and one townsperson, but no punishments were enacted because the soldiers had been acting against orders by engaging the townspeople.
Barbour County Alabama Unincorporated Communities
Spring Hill Alabama
Teals Crossroads Alabama
Barbour County Alabama Indian Tribes
The Creek Indians were removed to territory west of the Mississippi River. The fertile land was developed by southern migrants as large cotton plantations dependent on slave labor. Due to the number of slaves, the population was soon majority black, a proportion that continued for decades.
Barbour County Alabama Points Of Interest
The Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge in Barbour County is one of the largest preserved natural areas in the state. With more than 700 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Seth Lore and Irwinton Historic District in Eufaula is currently the largest in East Alabama and the second-largest in the state. One of the county’s most unique tourist attractions is Governor’s Park, which overlooks Lake Eufaula.
Other points of interest in Barbour County include Fairview Cemetery, which includes an old Jewish section, the graves of European settlers and Confederate soldiers, and burial grounds for enslaved people.