Settlers began coming to the Clayhatchee area as early as the 1830s. By 1878, the community had expanded enough that Thomas Sidney Mills, a returning Civil War veteran, applied for a post office to be opened there. After it was granted, the post office's name was created from a combination of "Clay" from Little Claybank Creek and "hatchee" from the Choctawhatchee River to form Clayhatchee. Clayhatchee was incorporated in April 1967. The town hall was built in 1972.
Clayhatchee's population according to the 2010 Census was 589. Of that number, 94.9 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 2.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 1.9 percent as two or more races, 1.7 percent as African American, 0.3 percent as Native American, and 0.3 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $35,417, and the per capita income was $15,750.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Clayhatchee was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Other services, except public administration (28.0 percent)
· Retail trade (16.0 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (13.5 percent)
· Construction (11.6 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (7.6 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (5.1 percent)
· Public administration (5.1 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (4.0 percent)
· Wholesale trade (3.3 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (2.9 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (2.9 percent)
Students in Clayhatchee attend Dale County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
State Highway 92 bisects Clayhatchee running east-west, and State Highway 85 runs north from town.
Events and Places of Interest
Clayhatchee maintains a community center and one municipal park, which was built in 1975.
Dale County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Dale County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc., 2001.
McGee, Val L. Claybank Memories: A History of Dale County, Alabama. Ozark, Ala.: Dale County Historical Society, Inc., 1989.
James P. Kaetz
Published April 4, 2013
Last updated April 4, 2013