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Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Clay County Office
New Courthouse – 246 Main Street
P.O. Box 119
Clay, WV 25043-0119

Phone: 304-587-4267
FAX: 304-587-7054
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 to 4:30
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About Clay County

Clay County is in the central part of the state located northeast of Charleston and about 130 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was formed in 1858 from parts of Braxton and Nicholas counties. The county is named after Henry Clay (1777-1852) who had been Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, a U.S. Senator from Kentucky, and a U.S. Secretary of State.

It is rural with a present territory of 346 square miles and a population 10,356. Its county seat and major town is Clay (pop. 593), located in the center of the county. Interstate 79 takes an east/west course through the northern part of the county, and the county is drained by the Elk River and its tributaries. It’s proximity to Kanawha County makes Clay part of the Charleston metropolitan area.

Major employment is in health care and social assistance, retail, surface coal mining, construction, trucking, finance, manufacturing, and repair and maintenance. A little over half of construction employment is that of special trade contractors. Manufacturing is in fabricated metal and machinery or veneer, plywood, and other wood products. Coal mining employment is three quarters of what it was recently when there was still bituminous underground mining. There is some notable agricultural production of eggs, but the major products are livestock and forage.

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