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City of Clayton

IncorporatedDecember 13, 1823
Address99 N. Church Street
Clayton, Georgia 30525
Phone(706) 782-4512
Fax(706) 782-4596

Clayton, the county seat of Rabun County, was incorporated December 13, 1823. The city was named for Judge Augustin S. Clayton, a prominent jurist and congressman. Clayton was originally named Claytonsville, the name was later shortened to Clayton.

Clayton is home to many regional authors. The most famous publication is the nationally acclaimed Foxfire series, a collection of oral history gathered by local high school students. The Foxfire Museum, in nearby Mountain City, houses exhibits relating to Appalachian life and documents the birth of the Foxfire Magazine and the Foxfire Book series.

The Bartram Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail, is located in Clayton. Quaker William Bartram created this trail over 200 years ago and it spans over 40 miles.

According to 2000 Census, the City of Clayton had a population of 2,019 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population increase of 25.2%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.