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City of Clay Website

Clay is on KY 130, 132, and 270, 6 1/2 miles wsw of Dixon. Established on July 6, 1837, the Clay post office, with Thomas W. Powell, postmaster, was first called Ashland, probably for Henry Clay's Lexington home.

After an intermittent existence it was renamed Clay in 1854. It was discontinued in 1865 and re-established for a brief time the following year as Winstead with Bush D. Winstead (1837-1867), a local merchant and Webster County's first circuit court clerk, as postmaster.

The Clay name was restored 3 months later. The town was incorporated as Claysville in 1860 and as Clay in 1872.

Source: Robert M. Rennick's Kentucky Place Names
copyright 1984 University Press of Kentucky

Kentucky Main Street Program

Kentucky Main Street Program

Clay is a member of the Kentucky Main Street Program - Celebrating 27 Years of Reinvesting In Downtown.

The economic decline witnessed by many of Kentucky's central business districts over the past thirty years, threatened the many architecturally and historically significant buildings in these downtowns. Based on the need to preserve not only the buildings, but also the economic vitality of a communities's downtown, the Kentucky Heritage Council developed the Kentucky Main Street Program to assist communities with revitalization efforts.

Kentucky Main Street Community Coordinator:
Sara Davis
PO Box 425
Clay , Kentucky 42404

Festivals & Events

Purple Opry House - Sebree
Downtown Main Street
Open Saturday Nights 6-9 pm


Dogwood Valley Trading Post - Clay

Places of Interest

County Historical Sites

Story of the Harp Brothers

County Historical Markers

County Civil War Sites

Parker Warner Historic Museum - Collection of photography, memorabilia, written & oral history. 500 S Broadway St., Providence 270-667-5022

Webster County Genealogy Society - located at the Webster County Courthouse in Dixon

Sports & Outdoors

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